Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer, a former Capitol Police chief, also agreed the possibility of a no-confidence vote may have prompted both sides to look for common ground. “I think it helped force the issues,” Gainer said. “I think each side, the union and leadership and commanders of the department, thought they were in sync. And I think the threat of [a vote] was pretty clear evidence that something wasn’t right.
Reynolds, who is said to be among those under consideration for the chief’s job, could also have a stake in smoothing ruffled feathers. “I’m pleased with our continued progress and productive meetings with the union,” Reynolds said in a statement to Roll Call. “We continue to work diligently and cooperatively to utilize our communication channels to best address and resolve matters of mutual concern in the best interest of the department.”
Konczos echoed the assessment of the situation and lauded Reynolds’ recent actions. “He has showed very good leadership on this,” Konczos said. “And we’re actually very impressed.”
Konczos would not predict the results of the survey or whether or when the Labor Committee might proceed with a no-confidence vote. There remains a need for “accountability” by leadership, he said, and an acknowledgement that those in the leadership ranks behaved inappropriately.
“We’d even take an apology at this point,” Konczos said.
As far as Rosenzweig is concerned, a vote is still necessary despite inroads between the two factions: “I like that things have changed, and that’s good … but my section, House Chamber security, is pretty strongly for it.”
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.