Caucus LeadershipThe closed door election for Republican Caucus Leadership in the Tennessee House of Representatives takes place this morning. On paper, the race for leader is between Democrat appeaser Jason Mumpower of Bristol and current House Minority Leader Bill Dunn of Knoxville. Regulars know that I support Dunn's re-election, and I have gone so far as to let those who have a vote in this morning's Caucus meeting know that they had better "get 'R Dunn."
I say "on paper" because several sources close to the situation inside the House Caucus have informed The World that this is a face-saving move on Mumpower's part. Mr. Mumpower is known to have gone behind the backs of Republican leadership in the House to try and negotiate a "deal with the devil" with House Democrats on ethics legislation and issues. This backroom shady dealing earned the ire of Caucus Leader Bill Dunn-who Mumpower runs against today. He is in a position where running for Leadership is the only way he can now save political face. According to one confidential source, Caucus Republicans expect Dunn to be easily re-elected, possibly by a wide margin.
I'll have an update when the numbers are announced later this morning.
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