To the editor:
Rep. Kent Williams gave a radio interview approximately one week before the Tennessee Speaker of the House election Jan. 13, 2009. During the interview, Williams indicated that he was committed to his Republican colleague, Jason Mumpower, being elected as the new speaker. This was to be a historic day for the Republicans in that Mumpower was going to be the first Republican-elected speaker in nearly 40 years.
Many of you know that Williams failed tremendously in his commitment to Mumpower, the Republican party, and most importantly, the citizens of Carter County. When the time came for Williams to stand tall he actually buckled and fell to the floor, bringing shame to all those individuals that had placed confidence in him as a trustworthy man of honor and integrity. He is actually now branded as one not to be trusted for he clearly put his personal ambition, interest and gain before all others. In essence, his action has left Carter County without a voice in Nashville.
Kent Williams was also expelled from the Republican Party because of his alleged disloyal action and now chooses to run as an Independent candidate.
Considerable time has passed since that January day in 2009.
Two years ago the House took corrective action and elected Beth Harwell as the new speaker.
In just a few short days, you, the citizens of Carter County and Unicoi County, have an opportunity to save face by electing a new representative and establishing once again a clear voice of representation in Nashville.
-Jean Rhea, Hampton