A Hearty “Welcome Back” to the new General Assembly!
Top House administration positions are now all filled by Naifeh Democrats. (Silly legislators — and you thought the House was run by Republicans.)
Harwell opens new session with a speech on ethics. Fails to mention she tossed McCord out for ethical problems, or the ethical problems of her former chief-of-staff, or the ethical problems of two of her committee chairmen, etc., etc., etc., etc.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. After a disastrous year of ham-handed investigations and numerous ethical scandals all linked to the Speaker’s office, Harwell is the early favorite to win the 2017 Chutzpah Award. Not only did she start off the session with a speech about “ethics,” she followed up her “landslide” (by 4 votes) re-election as Speaker by declaring the top three posts in her administration would go to Democrats who were hired by former uber-partisan Democrat Speaker Jimmy Naifeh.
As of today’s opening gavel, the positions of House Clerk, head of House personnel and legal counsel to the Speaker are all held by Democrats who were hired by Naifeh. And please, spare us the bull crap they are either now Republicans or somehow “non-partisan.”
Whassamatter, Beth? Out of the approximately three million Republicans in the state of Tennessee, all you could come up with is three Democrats to head up these important slots?
What a way to build confidence in your leadership abilities, Beth. Why, rewarding Democrats who spent years trying to keep Republicans from controlling the General Assembly is just the thing you need to kick-start a race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. Good luck with that.
Enjoy the session, y’all. It should be a real hoot.