Saturday, October 17, 2009

Examiner Question of the Weekend

This week's weekend question is about Tennessee House Speaker Kent Williams:

In the wake of the huge off-year win for Tennessee Republicans and Pat Marsh in State House District 62, the question has arisen as to how this will impact the influence over the next year of House Speaker Kent Williams' influence and how the outcome of this race might impact Williams' position. Some have said Williams is better off because he and his new PAC funneled money into the Marsh campaign. Others have said that Kent Williams had little impact on the ground game in the 62nd, and Marsh doesn't owe anything at all to the Speaker.

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At Sunday, October 18, 2009 5:28:00 AM, Blogger the rep said...

Kent can't be the party nominee unless he gets let back in the party by the SEC(Doubtful). Marsh said on his TRL questionare that he will be voting for the Republican party nominee. It cost him the endorcement. I don't think he is going to change.

At Monday, October 19, 2009 10:32:00 AM, Anonymous MIke said...

The Republican nominee is chosen by the Republican Caucus of which Spkr. Williams is a member, not the State Republican Executive Committee. Spkr. Williams has also indicated his committment to support that nominee. The most important outcome of the special election in District 62 is that it strengthens the GOP majority in the house, which is what everyone involved was seeking. Trying to spin the Marsh victory as somehow a loss for Kent Williams is somewhat misplaced.

At Wednesday, October 21, 2009 9:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is my understanding that Speaker Williams' new pac, KPAC, was originated specifically to help put Republicans in House seats currently held by Democrats that are vunerable and keep Republicans in House seats that are also vunerable. With this in mind, he certainly doesn't have to be 'forced' to have more Republicans as committee chairs & a majority of members on each committee but is actively working to do so. I didn't take your podcast as putting Speaker Williams in a bad light, merely putting it into the light. I also agree with your comments regarding the 1st Congressional District race. And, maybe you guys should contact Speaker Williams' KPAC for help with unseating Jones as she does sound extremely vunerable for a Republican takeover. Thanks for letting me put my two cents worth in. For political reasons, I must be anonymous.


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