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.