Wes Summerfield, the conservative firebrand who shocked the Liberty political establishment with his win over House Majority Leader Miranda O’Neal for the Liberty nomination for Speaker of the House of Representatives, has officially been elected Speaker of the House in a vote today.
Summerfield, a fourth-term Liberty Party representative who represents the twelfth congressional district of District 4, will now succeed Constantin Richelieu as the head of the lower chamber of Panem’s national legislature. In the vote today, Summerfield was able to achieve a majority through the support of the Conservative Party members of the House, resulting in a vote of 122 votes for Summerfield, 54 votes for Daniel Hutton of the Centre Party, 18 votes for Teraton Wendle of the Labor Party, and 6 votes for Georgia Landon of the Civic Party.
Summerfield now will begin today a series of discussions with the Conservative Party regarding the future of the tenuous coalition that was formed under Constantin Richelieu. According to inside sources within the House, Conservative leader Kari Lyles favors Summerfield much more than she did Richelieu, finding Summerfield much more agreeable and closer to her view of politics. This indicates that the Liberty-Conservative coalition, which has not been formally dissolved by either side, will continue to remain as it currently stands.
Summerfield will now meet with President Peeta Mellark, Vice President Rebecca Tarson, Senate President pro tempore Sophia Delacruz, Senate Majority Leader Michael Debroff, House Majority Leader Brooklyn Howard, House Conservative leader and House Majority Whip Kari Lyles, and presidential Chief of Staff Melanie DeFrancis at Stonehaven to discuss legislative policy.