Rumors are rampant around the LP that Rep. Mike Harrison (R-Rogersville) is looking to make an exit from the state legislature. And it may come sooner rather than later.
The controversial chairman of the House Finance Subcommittee is said to be tired of schlepping back and forth to Nashville and is looking for another job that pays better — perhaps in local or county government.
Harrison won’t be missed by all those conservative legislators who watched Harwell, McCormick, Sargent and others used Harrison to kill bills that would have likely passed on the floor of the House. Such dictatorial tactics subvert the will of the people. The pernicious “fiscal notes” that sometimes appeared anonymously in the dead of night was a favorite tactic of Harrison’s.
If true, this could mark the beginning of the unraveling of current House leadership, which has so far held off the conservative majority within the GOP caucus.