Wednesday, November 08, 2006

State Senate speculation-and a local race

I should now note that the GOP has managed to barely hold on to the State Senate. The question of the hour is whether Ron Ramsey will be chosen as Speaker of the Senate or whether Mike Williams will betray his constituents for a second time and doom himself to defeat at the hands of Mike Faulk in two years.

Call me crazy, but I am hedging my bets with Ramsey-I think Wilder is finally going down.

Finally, a local race result:

White Pine Alderman

Mickey Smith 293 X
Fred Taylor 288 X
Ryan Cavanah 247 X
Carolyn Voiles 237

I was pleased that Mickey and Fred won. After Carolyn stood with Mickey over at the school all day yesterday campaigning like gangbusters, I thought she deserved a term in her own right (she had been filling a vacant seat). She is a sweet lady...I hope she runs for Alderman again...just not on the same slate with yours truly.



At Thursday, November 09, 2006 12:11:00 AM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

The same threats were leaveld in '04 when Wilder was reelected - what difference did it make? None. It won't make any difference this time either.
The only people who care about this are guys like you and me, political pros and that's about it. The normal person couldn't care less. So come Nov '08 most everyone's going to vote for the known and trusted Mike Williams and that'll be that.
This is nothing but Mike Faulk blowing smoke.


At Thursday, November 09, 2006 7:45:00 AM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Under normal circumstances you might be right, but rumors now abound that Williams intends to switch parties. The counties in his Senate District, which include my own, are the most Republican counties in the State.

If he is stupid enough to switch parties, I'd be willing to bet on a Faulk victoy.

At Sunday, November 12, 2006 10:34:00 AM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

I would be careful about rumors. I tend to give them short shirft until they become true.
Secondly a switch wouldn't necessarily be the kiss of death. The election that all this would impact is now two years away. A lot could happen between now and then. He switches becuase it makes it easier to get thingsd done for his district, he really does get things done, people might be inclined to view his switch as nothing more than one of those 'political things' important only to the Nashville crowd and ...
It's just too early and everything we're talking about is based on speculation framed by a rumor so ... we need to wait and see.
Also, alot depends on Mr. Faulk and his platform and campaigning abilility. Conservative boneafides are great but they don't compensate for lousy campaigning. The situation is worth watching but only with the understanding that everything is speculative at this point.



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