The Issue With WilliamsWhat is the real issue with why some Republicans don't want Kent Williams back in the GOP?:
At least three generations and many House members have come and gone operating under a system where the majority party governs the House and runs all committees, and that was the system used until January 13, 2009. Many Republicans would like to enjoy the fruits of majority if the GOP majority is indeed expanded to a point where it is clear that the House is no longer evenly divided, and considering how the House had previously been run, if the people decide on a clear Republican majority, the Republicans should clearly be in charge.
If Kent Williams is allowed on a Tennessee Republican ballot, it will signal to those in the House Republican Caucus who would be inclined to vote Democratic for Speaker or to otherwise not support the party's nominee that there are no consequences for such an action.