Frank Niceley for Speaker Pro TemporeThe concern among the grassroots that the new Republican Leadership in the Tennessee House of Representatives may be giving the most choice positions to people within the Caucus who have proven to be less than loyal is not, as it turns out, limited to the conservative blogosphere. A few hours after I wrote here of my concern that positions which should be the choice of those who have been loyal both the the Republican Caucus and to the conservative cause and mission may be handed over to those who have demonstrated greater loyalty to Jimmy Naifeh, I received a call-someone read what I wrote and agreed with it. As it turns out, that someone is in a position to do something about insuring that we have a conservative Speaker Pro Tempore.
I'm incredibly proud and pleased to announce the candidacy of my own Representative, The Honorable Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains, for the position of Speaker Pro Tempore of the Tennessee House of Representatives. Niceley's conservative record stands on its own. He has been a consistent advocate for the right of Tennesseans to keep and bear arms. While other political leaders talk about Tennessee standing up to the encroachments of the federal government, Frank Niceley files bills to that effect. He has been a leader in the fight for clean water, speaking out on the effects of over-fluoridation in our drinking supply. There are few in Nashville who have spoken out for family farmers the way that Frank Niceley has.
Frank told me that in deciding to run for Speaker Pro Tempore, he didn't do it to buck the leadership of House Republican Leader Jason Mumpower. "Make sure and tell everyone," Frank told me, "that I respect Jason." Niceley also said that this isn't an attempt on his part to bring attention to himself. He says he isn't running for Speaker Pro Tempore to make anyone look bad, but instead to insure that conservatives have a voice within the Leadership of the new House.
Conservatives did not wander in the wilderness of Naifehland for years on end only to be ignored when the day finally comes that the GOP achieves its long-awaited House majority. Conservatives led the way in bringing the majority about, and conservatives should play a leading role in fashioning not only the policies of the majority, but the day-to-day running of the House.
Frank Niceley isn't just a good candidate because of his conservative credentials, he can reach across the aisle in friendship to Democrats, he isn't afraid to make a deal. The difference between Frank Niceley and some others is that Frank Niceley will not sell out his principles in the name of short-term gain. Having earned the respect of his colleagues, many of whom have been very receptive of Frank's candidacy over the last couple of days, Frank Niceley is ready to represent the people of Tennessee and the conservative movement as the Speaker Pro Tempore.
The World is proud to support Frank Niceley for Speaker Pro Tempore and urges conservatives to let our Republican Representatives know that you want a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, bona fide conservative Republican as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Tennessee House of Representatives.
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