Dan Liljenquist did indeed cast fewer “nay” votes than average during his time as a state senator.
A couple weeks, Dan Liljenquist posted a campaign video called “Audacity of Nope” to Youtube. In brief, he argued that the government should say “no” more often when people request government action.
Today, I’m seeing people on Twitter (@JulianBabbitt, @TerryLeeCamp, and @JDavola) linking to a response posted anonymously (classy…) to YouTube, called “Audacity of Nope?” Its claim: For a guy talking about the “audacity of nope,” Dan Liljenquist didn’t vote “no” very often during his time in the state senate.
I don’t want to get into a discussion of whether voting “nay” is a good thing (call it “the audacity of nope”) or a bad thing (call it “obstructionism”). But since the two sides are quibbling over this, I got curious enough to do a quick fact check. I’ve written before that “absent” votes are more common than “nay” votes in the Utah legislature. Given that “nay” votes are rare in legislative floor votes, my initial suspicion was that the response ad criticizing Liljenquist might be off base.
So, just for fun, I posted a new page to my website showing how often each legislator votes “nay.” As it happens, Dan Liljenquist did indeed cast fewer “nay” votes than average during his time as a state senator. In 2010, Dan Liljenquist cast fewer “nay” votes (1.9%) than any other state senator. In 2011, there were 6 senators (of 29) who cast fewer “nay” votes than he did.
Meanwhile, the Senate Republican who cast the most “nay” votes was Margaret Dayton in 2010 (8.0% of her votes) and also 2011 (5.7%). The complete data tables for 2007 through 2011 are available here.