Thursday, February 19, 2009

In or Out?

Stacey Campfield reports that Kent Williams snuck into this morning's Tennessee House Republican Caucus meeting to the great discomfort of many of the members:

Even though it was open to the press, a few of us did notice and talked to
leadership about our discomfort. They were as off put as the rest of us were but
realized it was just an attempt by Kent to get attention by our throwing him

This was very likely an attempt by Williams to draw attention to himself in a negative way, but that (wisely) did not occur. The Republican Caucus, however, must make a decision about Kent Williams' status where they are concerned. The State Party may have removed Williams, but for that decision to be actualized in the House of Representatives, the GOP Caucus must take action to remove Williams, and so far they have not.

As bad as what happened on January 13th was, members had better take appropriate action in the Caucus to remove Kent Williams, or any complaining about the present state of affairs in the House will be rendered nothing more than idle chatter. The Williams case is one where silence on the part of the House Republican Caucus equates to the consent of the Caucus to Kent Williams' continued presence within it.

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At Thursday, February 19, 2009 4:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greatest post yet! They are hypocritical and this looks like Robin used the party to catapult her status for congress. Why didn't the caucus vote to remove Williams when they voted to support the party's resolution to remove him? A party divided will not stand. Stay on them about this please. I'm tired of the governments double standard.

At Thursday, February 19, 2009 4:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if they don't kick him out of the caucus they are just as bad as he is.

At Friday, February 20, 2009 12:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the time to seize the power of the voter. If Jason Mumpower doesn't at least bring it to a vote than he IS condoning Williams. Be a leader Jason!

At Friday, February 20, 2009 11:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's time for a reality check. Robin Smith tossed him out and so what? With open voter registration it amounts to nothig more than "I don't like you anymore."
If the GOP cacuas gives him the heave-ho then your precious 1 vote majority goes out the window.
Life can be hard, reality can be hard and politics can be hard too.
Williams is the Speaker. Nothing can be done to change it. Live with it and do what you can do with it. Which, as someone pointed out to you earlier, is more than could have been done with a Dem as a Speaker.
Suck it up and deal with it. Don't throw it all away out of spite.



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