Standing behind Bill DunnTerry Frank reports a move of treachery by Republican State Representative Jason Mumpower of Bristol to oust Tennessee House Republican Leader Bill Dunn. Mumpower has resigned his position as Assistant Minority Leader to run against Dunn. My present State Rep. Frank Nicely will likely be unopposed in his quest to replace Mumpower as Assistant Leader.
Let no one accuse us of being hedgy about where we stand: The World stands squarely behind Bill Dunn and if we had a vote in the leadership race, it would be for our former fellow Holy Ghost parishoner Dunn. We hope that Bill Dunn will one day be the Speaker of the House.
I don't know what it is that is in Mumpower's craw or up his rear end, but I wish he would please bother to share it with the rest of us. Bill Dunn managed to maintain the status quo in the House and didn't lose seats in a year when there was great dissatisfaction with Republicans nationally-he managed to avoid the dreaded coattail effect. Does Mumpower believe he can do any better than Dunn under the present circumstances? If he does, I'd like to know what he plans to do differently.
I think I can answer these questions for Mumpower: He thinks he can do better than Dunn because he isn't Dunn, but he won't do any better-I'd be willing to bet the ranch on that. Both men are very much aware that the GOP has a very good shot at taking control of the Tennessee House in 2008 regardless of who is Leader, and Mumpower just wants to go down as being the one who gets the credit and becomes Speaker-it is a naked power grab and Mumpower needs to be put in his place for such a blatant manuver.
Message to Frank Nicely, Stacey Campfield, and anyone else on the Hill with a vote in the Leadership Race: GET 'R DUNN!
(Hat Tip: Kleinheider)
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