Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Rural Williams

Tennessee 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.

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At Wednesday, March 11, 2009 3:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about integrity, the Dems would not put up with turncoats, just ask kurita. When thier leader gary odom started running his mouth they almost kicked him out of the caucus, and not to mention the disrespect to our Champion Robin Smith. Williams set us back, we should punish him to the max.

At Wednesday, March 11, 2009 12:19:00 PM, Anonymous Oouch said...

The Republican House Caucus just voted to keep Kent Williams as a Republican. They just gave Robin Smith the finger and a no confidence for Jason and Glenn who will now fight it out with Kent's boy Joe McCord for the leadership of the Caucus.

At Wednesday, March 11, 2009 2:40:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

There is more to the vote than meets the eye-that is all I can say. As for damage to Mumpower, it will likely do very little if any in the end.

At Thursday, March 12, 2009 11:04:00 PM, Anonymous Ouch said...

David he's done, he took victory and led us to defeat and when it came down to it the Caucus sided with the turn coat Kent, If we don't get rid of him it is over for the GOP


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