Rural WilliamsTennessee House Speaker Kent Williams is being allowed into the meetings of the Rural Republican Caucus:
The two East Tennessee representatives on the committee - Matthew Hill of Jonesborough and Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains - both said they favor allowing Williams to attend.
"Country boys can count to 50. Those city boys can only count to 49," said Niceley.
Niceley has also supported Williams being allowed in House Republican Caucus meetings. He was barred from a caucus meeting last week and House Republican Leader Jason Mumpower says he wants the ban to become permanent.
The admission of Williams into a group of rural Republicans has raised more than a few eyebrows on the Hill. What is notable about this development is that two of the three people who favor admitting Williams to Rural Republican Caucus meetings, Frank Niceley and Matthew Hill, are among the most conservative members of the House Republican Caucus.
In talking to Niceley, he says that he believes that there comes a point where the Caucus has to move on from the events of January 13th. "Williams is the Speaker at least until 2011," Niceley said, "and there are just times when we are really going to need his 50th vote."
As a constituent of Frank Niceley's who is always in regular communication with my Representative, I can say that Frank has always dealt in the realism of the moment. He wants to enact the most conservative policies possible, but tries to do so in a realistic and effective way.