It apparently doesn’t take very long for tempers to cool in the state House of Representatives. About 24 hours.
On Monday, Rep. Liston, R-Colorado Springs, traded insults with Rep. Jim Kerr, R-Littleton, over a pair of committee disagreements last week when Kerr hollered at Liston in public.
Liston was even yanked off the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee because of the incidents. Liston said Monday that Kerr “acted like a jackass,” and was “infantile.” Kerr said Liston “really pissed me off.” Kerr, who chairs the committee, was infuriated when Liston indicated he was going to support a Democratic bill, even though he had told Kerr beforehand he was going to vote against it.
But on Tuesday, the pair were laughing together about the news stories over their fight.
“We’re good friends. We always have been. It was never a major problem,” said Liston. “I’m certainly not going to let eight years of good work be overshadowed by a 30-second incident.”
Kerr agreed, smiling.
“We’re cool,” said Kerr. “We’re not gonna hug, but we are gonna shake hands.”
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve in the House next to Rep. Liston,” Kerr added.
The pair were both elected in 2004, and are term-limited.