Tennessee conservatives can rejoice at the makeup of the new State House Republican Leadership team:
The race for Majority Leader was actually between two respected conservatives, Reps. Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga), and and Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol). McCormick's victory can't be seen as a repudiation either of conservatism or of Lundberg, since both men have outstanding conservative voting records and have served with distinction. Representative Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma) has been nominated for Speaker Pro Tempore, the second-most powerful position in the house and one that would enable Matheny to cast a tie-breaking vote on committees if need be, just as the Speaker can do under House rules. Matheny also has a clear record of being favorable to gun rights, lower taxes, spending restraint, and has shown an inclination toward socially conservative ideas.
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