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.
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.