Skip to comments.Democrats steal TN House Speakership, installing RINO puppet Kent Williams (Live Breaking...)
Posted on 01/13/2009 11:55:35 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj
Which led to recall elections that threw a number of RINOs out of office.
Which we do not have in Tennessee.
You can watch this farce live, btw.
True. But if you pronounce it that way in Waco, the denizens tend to get a little ticked off.
I did it once at a restaurant there while visiting friends, and this guy at the table next to us rather curtly correctly me. LOL
Too bad. Well, I hope a way is found to punish the quisling.
The Judas traitor thundered arrogantly from the podium to the Republican with the point of order, “You gotta problem with ME being Speaker ?” The Republican said, “You bet I have a problem.” I hope the Judas has bodyguards, because he’s going to need them wherever he goes. He knows what he did, and tyrants and traitors are all deserving of what comes to them.
One of the traitors here in California, Brian Setencich, later went to prison for tax evasion. Let’s hope that something similar awaits Kent.
In Texas, the State House of Representatives just elected a RINO -- Joe Strauss -- to the Speakership.
He had the support of every one of the 'Rats and a few RINOs -- enough to overturn what was a Republican majority.
It's embarrassing that our conservative contingents are being caught flat-footed by this tactic.
And Doris Allen, the vile bitch herself and original RINO puppet Speaker, fled the state after being recalled and died of two vicious cancers only 4 years later. It’s hazardous to your health being a traitor.
Of course it was a conspiracy. The question is when they made the deal with the traitor. His “word” is worthless. It was hillarious listening to him ramble on about how he would be fair, especially after his treacherous behavior. He should make his party switch official, because he will be stripped of it by the caucus.
Nana, if you’re watching this farce, Naifeh is sitting right next to Traitor Williams whispering in his ear at the rostrum. You can almost see his arm up his butt making him talk. Literal puppet. Williams doesn’t even know about parliamentary procedure, he has to ask everyone else around him. Total sideshow.
I’m watching this. This is awful. Somebody do
something. I’m watching my state go down the rathole....
The 1960s redistricting was credited by some observers with creating the first Republican majority in the Tennessee House since Reconstruction in 1968; this situation lasted only until the next election in 1970. The Speaker of the House is second in line to succession to the governorship after the Speaker of the Tennessee Senate. Tennessee's second longest-serving Speaker of the House, Ned McWherter, became Governor in 1987. Since 1973, all Speakers have been from a single Democratic faction in West Tennessee; this has become a source of some resentment. The Speaker, under House rules, has the right to appoint all committees and their chairs and assign proposed legislation to committees, giving the Speaker tremendous power to push legislation through or conversely, to block it.
And some freepers want these RAT overlords to control the FEDERAL government as well? Good grief. It's like Illinois where all our "statewide" RAT leaders (Madigan, Hynes, Obama, etc.) live within a couple of miles of each other on Chicago's south side. (interesting enough, embattled Gov. Blago's from the north side), with Mike Madigan as Speaker continually since 1983 (except the 1994 election fluke that resulted in complacent RINO Lee Daniels to be marginal Speaker for 1995-1996)
Looks like the TN Speaker has the same dictatorial power as the IL Speaker to control the agenda unilaterally and bring to the floor and basically pass or block whatever he wants, with the rest of his caucus rubber stamping it. In other words, the "house" wouldn't appoint the U.S. Senator, Mike Madigan and Dem sock puppet Kent Williams would make that choice themselves for our respective states behind closed doors, with the "vote" on the appointment predetermined. Scary stuff.
The problem I have with the "abolish the 17th amendment" gang on FR is they seem to lack the basic conservative principal that individual citizens can make decisions for themselves and don't need government to take care of it for them. Instead, they honestly seem have the same mindset as most liberals: that ordinary people are just too dumb and uniformed to determine their government, so we should be governed by a small group of like-minded blue-blooded elites that know what's best for society, and the citizens should just shut up and go along with it because they're smarter than us. That any "conservative" would have this as a core belief and trust in big government overlords is quite disturbing to me.
Shades of Harry Reid...
I knew the Williams bit...
Did you see that, Boss Hogg talking to Traitor Williams when gaveling out todays farce, “Good job !”
Tomorrow, we elect the Constitutional officers. Even with Traitor Williams, there is a wide-enough GOP Senate majority to overcome his treachery, so we should be able to install Republicans in those offices for the first time since President Ulysses Grant... but then again, after today, who knows what crap they’ll pull tomorrow.
We have GOT to get on top of this. Good grief this
is ridiculous! Pretty soon we are going to be nothing
better than Chicago. God help us.
The Wikipedia comment is in error. We never had the majority in the 1969-70 session. There were 49 Democrats, 49 Republicans and 1 Independent. The Indy refused to participate in the Speaker vote and the House deadlocked, since 50 votes is needed to elect a Speaker. Since Bill Jenkins was from East Tennessee, he talked to a Black Democrat in Knoxville, and he courageously agreed to provide the 50th vote. The difference between that and this is that we won the numerical majority this year for the first time since 1868, we had “50.” There was no majority in the ‘69 session, no side could claim majority status.
All we can do at this point is make Williams’s life a living hell. He shouldn’t be able to sleep at night for his treachery. As was pointed out what befell the two CA RINO traitors in 1995 propping up the minority Democrat power of Willie Brown, one died of a dreadful cancer shortly after and the other went to prison. C’est la vie for Judas traitors.
The West TN mafia is just like Chicago. I’ve been waiting most of my lifetime to see the overthrow of their corrupt minority regime, and thanks to one traitor, they’ve perpetuated it for another 2 years.
Not on the books, per se, but as I understand it, one could petition for a recall in his District.
I’ve never seen it happen. If it was tried, the rodent hack AG (whom is the one Constitutional officer we cannot vote on tomorrow since he is chosen by the trial-lawyer selected State Supreme Court) would nullify it. He’ll protect his own party’s power. The prior hack allowed Pharoah Phil to break campaign finance laws willfully to buy the Governorship in 2002.
That’s our government now. We better watch out or we will be stuck with Kay Baily Hutchenson.
Lord help our Texas friends.
That sounds like he’s gone past RINO and on to Democrat mole in the party.
>> Get ready, this is a microcosm of what is to come in the Dems 1 seat shy of a filibuster proof majority. The likeness is uncanny. <<
I'm convinced the RATs have "fail safe" measures in place in most parts of the country to find ways to cling to power when a scenario results in them being narrowly defeated by the voters. The theft of Minnesota's senate seat is another fine example. Even, the Canuk version of RATs tried to overturn the election results recently. As far as RATs are concerned, once a seat or office goes RAT, they "own" it forever. From their perspective, Norm Coleman is temporarily "occupying" Paul Wellstone's Democrat seat.
Even take my state for an example. We have a 59 member senate. Only 7 years ago, my state senate was Republican. Today, the Dems have a gerrymandered "safe" legislature and thanks to even more GOP screwups, have a filibuster proof 37D-22R majority. But let's go with a Dem "doomsday" scenario. Let's say there was a special election held in Illinois and voters were so FED UP with the RATs and GOP turnout is on par with 1994 levels. As a result, the GOP won ALL the contested seats in the suburbs and downstate -- including several majority Dem districts -- and the new makeup of the state senate was 30R-29D.
Republicans take control? Possibility. But under such a scenario, Kirk Dillard certainly got re-elected, since he is the dean of the DuPage delegation (home to our state's Republican machine) and in an ultra safe GOP district. However, Kirk Dillard is also part of the Illinois combine and takes money under the table from the RATs. He is the Illinois version of Jim Jeffords, and had a pathetic 40% conservative rating from the United Republican Fund last year, our state's equivalent of the ACU. Dillard agreed to appear in campaign ads for Obama last year, where he heaped praised on Obama's work in the Illinois General Assembly (Dillard claimed this wasn't actually an endorsement on his part. Sure.) Dillard doesn't switch parties or even become independent, but let's say he decides the Senate Republican leadership is just too mean-spirited and "divisive" to be in charge, so he votes with the 29 RATs to make John Cullerton (D-Chicago) Senate President. You'd get the same result that happened in California, Texas, and Tennessee.
Believe me, the RATs have planned this stuff out, and have sleeper cells in the GOP ready to be activated.
I think some freepers simply dislike the word "democracy" because it sounds like "Democrat". But believe me, the last thing the Democrat party believes in is its namesake. The only time the Dems accept election results as legit is when they win.
Reminds me of what happened in NC several years back as well. A RINO stooge, Michael Decker, was paid off to change parties when NC had a Republican edge in the House. That brought the House back to a tie and keep crooked Dem Jim Black as co-speaker.
About 3-4 years later Black resigned and is serving time in prison for bribery and obstruction.
The training ground for Gore, Senior. A Democrat will steal anything that is not nailed down...a lesson oft repeated and which we should never forget.
Knoxville Recall Amendment had the presumption and the color of constitutionality ...
The new House Speaker helped Democrats re-elect Memphis Democrat Lois DeBerry as Speaker Pro Tem, the number two position in the chamber by a 50-49 vote.
When state Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, approached the new Speaker, Rep. Williams warned him that if he used the f-word, he would be thrown out.
I know Gerald McCormick...
Hes a good Christian man...
I doubt if he would ever use such language...
Remember in 2004, we won the Senate here with a narrow majority for the first time since the 1860s (although we had two party switches in ‘95 after the organizational session, which technically meant we were the majority, but we didn’t hold it in ‘96). Two Rs voted for the then-DINO 32-year Speaker/Lt Governor. But it wasn’t a surprise, since they made their intentions known. Spkr. John Wilder had, up until that point, operated in a bipartisan manner (in fact, probably only the legitimately non-partisan legislative leader in the country, he would campaign for any incumbent Senator that asked, regardless of party). I had a lot of respect for Wilder and his playing fair with us even when it could cost him and the Dems wanted to depose him.
Problem was with his election to an unprecedented 17th term as Speaker (the longest serving Speaker of any body of any state in the history of the country) was that Wilder was clearly becoming feeble and well past senile. He immediately rewarded the Democrats and the 2 Rs and punished the Republicans and gave them practically nothing in the way of Chairmanships. He had gone from non-partisan to hyper-partisan. At the time of his reelection and over the coming 2 years, a large chunk of Democrat Senators came under indictment, put on trial, or ended up in prison. One Democrat was so disgusted because of the mismanagement and arrogance that he switched parties. Unfortunately, he lost narrowly for reelection in ‘06.
When the organizational session occurred 2 years ago, only one of the 2 remaining R’s, who ALSO was named Williams (Mike Williams, a major league asshole), remained in the body. He was the Speaker Pro Tempore (his reward by Wilder) and was prepared to vote for Wilder again with our 1 seat majority in the balance, despite Wilder, at 86, being completely incompetent. As the roll call went down, a Clarksville Democrat lady named Rosalind Kurita had enough of this farce and voted for Republican Ron Ramsey, and Williams was left to gnash his teeth, since his vote no longer mattered (and he tersely voted for Ramsey). Kurita was vilified beyond belief during the session, nevermind she voted to uphold the legitimate GOP majority in the body (for which Ramsey rewarded her courage with Williams’s Speaker Pro Tempore post).
This past year, Kurita won renomination narrowly in the Dem primary. The state Dems stripped her of the renomination and installed the loser for the general election, forcing her to run a write-in candidacy (which is almost impossible to win), for which she didn’t prevail. Williams himself switched to “Independent” but of the Judas Jeffords vintage. That traitor was dumped in the general election by a Republican, and we now have a 19-14 majority in the body, wide enough to prevent any chicanery and the GOP side is 100% unified in that body. I had hoped to see the GOP refuse to seat the Democrat occupying Kurita’s seat, but have no idea the status of that. They organized the body this morning without event. Ramsey had 2 Democrats in chairmanships in the last session. One of them retired, and the other is my buffoonish urban Black lady rodent Senator. He promptly removed her from her posting, and now the GOP chairs all committees.
Yup, I was following that. Decker was disgusting vermin. It’s amazing this is the second traitor named Williams in our state to tip the balance of power. We ran out the other Williams (Mike) in November. This other little puppet scumbag is only in his 2nd 2-year term. He is from very close to the NC border in Carter County.
DeBerry has been in that office since I was in grade school. A 1970s relic. Shameful. The little weasel vermin Judas traitor had the nerve to say he’d operate in a bipartisan way (ironically, he considered himself the only “bipartisan”). His ass is going to be thrown out of the caucus as fast as possible. I hope his constituents know exactly what kind of a liar and con-artist he is, and that his words and pledges are worthless.
Given today, usage of said language would be well in order.
I want all of you RINO lovers to commit hara-kiri.
I think I’ve got an old friend caught up in this situation.
Starting with all of the Slick Willardbots on this website.
As far as being stuck with gerrymandered RAT legislators from Chicago I got a pretty good deal. Both of them are Irish Catholic, socially conservative, law-and-order, Lipinski style “centrist” Dems, which gives an idea of the politician leanings of the region I'm in. Also more proof that given ideology of the the region, I SHOULD be in Lipinski’s Congressional district, but sadly I'm stuck in Black Panther Bobby's (all the nearby towns are in Lipinski’s)
My state senator:
At least my RAT state rep. actually LIVES in the suburbs and legislimately won election to his district in 1996, when he got an upset win against my old Republican state rep. thanks to Madigan getting so many Crook County voters to punch one hole for a straight-ticket Dem vote (that system has since been abolished). My State Senator is a Chicagoan who NEVER won a legitimate, contested “election”, he's faced only token “opposition” on paper, and everytime a viable Republican attempts to run, the RAT machine makes sure to throw them off the ballot. I had to cast a write-in vote just to support his Republican opponent in 2008. He was basically appointed my Senator for life in 2002. The guy votes very conservative on abortion, gays, immigration, taxes, etc., because he represents a constituency that formerly elected conservative firebrand Pat O’Malley (R-Palos Park) from 1992-2002, best known as being the only Republican willing to challenge George Ryan for Governor before the later retired. I finally meet Maloney face to face last October and he said he was embarrassed by his party's shenanigands. Of course he'll lay low and won't do anything about it, since he owes his seat to them. I found his execuse about not supporting recall and a Constitution Convention because "if voters don't their legislators, they can vote them out of office" to be ridiculous, and pointed out that we can't actually do this in most RAT districts including his own. He didn't have much of an answer to that.
The problem is not these individual RATs but the system that allows the RAT leadership to blatantly steal elections and let a small faction run the entire government.
And 1994 was pretty much a one-time fluke, as most states that suddenly found themselves with a GOP house saw it revert back to RAT in 1996. My state was no exception — Lee Daniel's becoming speaker on the national party's coattails was a short lived event and Mike Madigan never really lost power even during his two year stint as “minority leader”
It looks like the same thing is happening in Texas.
It sounds to me like Kent Williams is controlled by the Democrats and is therefore, in reality, a Democrat. That being the case, the rats actually control the House and could have, with Williams’ vote, elected any rat they wanted.
Apparently, Williams told the rats that he would remain their bitch only as long as he could be Speaker. So he not only screwed his former party (the Republicans) by prostituting himself to the opposing party, he also spit in the faces of his new “friends” as well by handcuffing them to the bed and forcing himself on them.
This all translates to a man who is about as sleazy as a human being can get. A real scumbag.
The rats can have him. Williams and the rats deserve each other.
Meanwhile, the Republicans need to play some smashmouth politics and either turn a rat or defeat a few more in the next election.
The rats won this one and there’s nothing you can do about it.
If this happens, than Williams needs to be primaried.
Right back at ya from your Texas pals.
This scumbag was only just reelected to a second term in a very heavily GOP East TN district (he beat his Conservative GOP predecessor, Jerome Cochran, who despite the name, was actually a native of Vietnam in both the ‘06 and ‘08 primaries).
He will be booted from the caucus, so he can call himself whatever party he likes, but he is not a Republican. We still have to watch tomorrow for the joint session on the election of the statewide officeholders. Although we still have an overall 68-64 majority (69-63 if Traitor Williams were a voting Republican) counting both bodies, the Naifeh crew (and make no mistake, Naifeh is still in charge) need persuade only 3 more weak-willed R’s to vote for the Democrats and we gain zilch.
50-49, I plum forgot they were of course gonna pull something. Too good to be true.
How does this piece of garbage justify this?
“He predicted that history will show that this will be a great thing for the state.”
No seriously Williams. Now is not a naked personal power grab?
Hopefully history will show 5 or 6 more Republicans elected to the house in 2010 and you defeated in the primary and then the general when you switch to “independent”. Or hopefully history will show that....no the rules of FR and human decency say I can’t post that but it’s how I think coup attempts should be handled.
I was breaking this story on FR and was commenting as it went along. I told State Rep. Stacey Campfield this just a few minutes ago...
“Stacey, I hate to rub salt in the wound myself (and it’s a damn good thing I wasn’t in the gallery, because they would’ve carted me off as soon as I unloaded on certain individuals for their treachery), but why on Earth didn’t Leader Mumpower get some non-moonbat Democrats as a cushion for support (even if it meant giving some of them a Chairmanship or two) ? He had to have known, and I warned it myself, that Naifeh wasn’t going to just give up without pulling off a stunt like we witnessed today. Williams isn’t the real Speaker, he’s just a puppet for Naifeh (and we saw again, his support for DeBerry, proving he was completely in the pocket of Naifeh). We couldn’t rely on a one-seat cushion that one weak-willed traitor would sell out for his pieces of silver.
The Democrat party is absolutely the most immoral and corrupt political band of thugs in the U.S. Naifeh and his minions have been playing the game for decades and we play it like it’s Marquis of Queensberry while they just get out a baseball bat and hit us in the knees. They don’t play by the rules, they make up the rules as they go along. Rule #1, the Democrats are always in charge. Rule #2, if the Democrats are voted out, see rule #1.
No honor, no decency, no sense of right or wrong, just a raw grab for power to which the people of Tennessee did NOT elect them to, nor have in 16 years, for which time since ‘94 onwards the GOP has received more votes for legislative candidates than the Democrat party. This is “minority rules” by a thugocracy. It’s disgusting.”
Ambition drove many men to become false; to have one thought locked in the breast, another ready on the tongue. Sallust (86 BC - 34 BC)
How do you describe what happened today? How can you? We all had great hopes for Tennessee. For helping education, the second amendment, life, a whole host of ideas. We all now realize those hope are more or less gone now at least for all intense and purposes.
What can you say about Kent? He swore an oath. He broke it. He signed pledges, he broke them. He lied. He lied to all of us. He lied to our faces over and over. He lied to my face. He even lied to us today right before the vote. I could have handled it better had he been straight up with us all along. But he wasn't. Many people worked incredibly hard. For the last few weeks people were putting in 70+ hour weeks getting ready for the change. Wasted time. I know some people who quit jobs and moved to Nashville just to be a part of the new administration. They are screwed.
Dems are all giddy and trying every way they can to rub salt in. We are all incredibly let down. We know the capitol will stay more or less the same whore house with just a different piano player. He will be a puppet for Naifeh and the Dems. He will offer some small meaningless scraps to give people the false impression he is being bipartisan but we all know the truth.
I have always been warned "Watch out for people who's ambition exceeds their conviction. They will run you over in a second" We just got hit.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.