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Anti-Gay Tennesee Republican Loses Sure-Thing Speaker Position

Timothy Kincaid

January 16th, 2009

A funny thing happened on Tuesday in Tennessee.

In the last election the Republican Party took control of the House for the first time in 40 years. And Jason Mumpower went on Tuesday to be annointed as the new Republican Speaker of the House.

But Mumpower’s day didn’t go as well as he imagined it would. To his surprise, all 49 Democrats voted for Republican Kent Williams… and so did Williams, giving him a 50 – 49 majority.

Williams went on to vote with the Democrats to elect Lois DeBerry as speaker pro tempore. Needless to say, this didn’t make Tennessee Republican Party Chairwoman Robin Smith very happy. She’s planning to expel Williams from the Party.

“Action will begin immediately to address the actions of Rep. Kent Williams,” said Smith. “His commitment today was not to Republican principles, but to the blind and shameless pursuit of personal power. He cast his vote for a pro-tax, pro-gay, pro-abortion, anti-gun liberal Democrat to preside in leadership against all 49 of his Republican colleagues.”

Now I don’t know how supportive Williams is of the community, but as for Jason Mumpower, the man he displaced,

One of the first bills Mumpower sponsored after his election was a 1997 measure to prohibit gay couples from becoming foster parents.

His bill didn’t pass in 1997 and now he’s lost his latest play for power but somehow I just can’t bring myself to feel sorry for Mumpower.



Suricou Raven
January 18th, 2009 | LINK

There is something satisfying in seeing an official from one of the big two parties admit that not only is loyalty to the party demanded, but that disloyalty will be punished.

It’s no great secret, but usually it’s not spoken of. There is a deliberate silence, to create at least the illusion that politicians are allowed to vote as they see fit rather than be forced to advance their fellow members regardless of qualifications and competence under threat of expulsion.

January 18th, 2009 | LINK

The Tennessee Republican party sounds suspiciously like the old Soviet Union’s Communist party where you were free to vote for the party’s candidate or the party’s candidate.

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