October 10th , 2012 8:47 am 11 Comments

Unicoi GOP chairman throws support to Gray


To the editor:

It seemed for years like Unicoi County and Carter County always got the crumbs left over from Nashville.

I remember, and so do many of you, when Tennessee had a Democratic governor, Democratic lieutenant governor, a Democratic Senate and Democratic House. We were sending Republican representatives to Nashville with the usual results. Promises and crumbs left over from Democratic Middle and West Tennessee expenditures.

Finally, as Republicans took over more control in Tennessee, we started getting more state funds and state projects for Unicoi and Carter County. Today, we have a Republican governor, Republican lieutenant governor, who lives next door, a Republican Senate and a Republican House. Unicoi and Carter Counties’ day-to-day needs depend greatly on state funds and federal grants, which for the most part come through our state government in Nashville.

Unicoi and Carter counties by percentage are two of the top Republican counties in Tennessee. The last thing we need is a representative that has been kicked out of the Tennessee Republican Party, and further more, cannot caucus with either the Republican or Democratic Caucuses. That person is Kent Williams. Let us not take our counties back to getting crumbs from Nashville. We need a big piece of the pie. We need a conservative Republican, who has the pledged support for not only our Republican lieutenant governor, but Senate and House members already in Nashville, who are pulling for his election to represent us.

Vote and tell your friends there is only one Republican running to represent Unicoi and Carter counties, Thom Gray. We need a Republican to represent our Republican Unicoi and Carter counties in a Republican-controlled Nashville. We need Thom Gray as representative for the Fourth District. Why in the world would you not?

-Jim Buchanan, Chairman, Unicoi County Republican Party


11 Responses to Unicoi GOP chairman throws support to Gray

  1. Mr. Buchanan is clearly still living in the era of Tennessee government history between the years of 1923 to 1971 when there was a long run of Democratic governors. Since that time (1971) the terms have been alternated in such a way that it is disingenuous to say thes area has only received the “crumbs” from the Democratically controlled table. Kent Williams is a true Republican that has fought for our area wholeheartedly as our representative and former Speaker of the Assembly. No one has any right to discount his well balanced Conservative service or willingness to work in a bipartisan way to solve the challenges our state leaders face in every session. If total unwillingness to work with anyone else but fellow party members gives any fool the false right to shun a party’s best and most intelligent asset, then such should realize this is promotion of further divisiveness when cooperation and unity is so sorely needed in our State Assembly. Kent works for the best interests of our district and State. My vote, respect & trust stays with Kent Williams, our Carter County lifelong Republican. Signed, K.L. Houston, Elizabethton, TN

  2. nigel west dickens says:

    only goes to show that people in unicoi county pay more attention. some people in carter county still need to get educated about williams.

    ms. houston i am sure you are a decent person, but a lot of decent people have fallen for williams’ lies and need to be better informed. what williams did was not “bipartisan,” it was dishonest and purely a power play for the democrats.

    the information has been out there for years. gray’s campaign put together a video that has been circulating and lays it all out there. please watch it before you vote–and before you heap praise on this lowlife.


  3. JPCANNON says:

    Mr. Buchanan’s endorsement of someone he thinks is a real Republican rings quite hollow in light of the fact that Mr. Thom Gray is actually running a dual-party campaign. His original allegiance (http://www.zoominfo.com/people/Gray_Thom_644242660.aspx) and SWORN loyalty to the Libertarian Party (http://libertycandidates.com/2012/05/thom-gray-liberty-candidate-for-state-house-of-representatives-tennessee/) belies any support of the Rep party and its platform’s stance on issues such as pro-life vs pro-choice, legalizing drugs, etc. Maybe you, Mr. Nigel Dickson, should educate yourself about your choice of candidate. This Libertarian blog’s link (http://gigibowman.com/) to Mr. Gray takes you directly to his “Donate” page. It would seem that Mr. Gray’s failure to disclose his candidacy as a Libertarian and the conflicts presented by the disparaties between the Republican and Libertarian platforms should make all voters in Carter and Unicoi counties wonder “Who is the REAL Republican” in the race.

    • nigel west dickens says:

      first of all your claims don’t work well when you post fake links.

      rusty crowe used to be a democrat and switched parties, openly. there is nothing wrong with switching parties openly. kent williams did so behind the scenes while lying to republicans and now denies it. i’ll take an honest switch over a backroom lie any day.

      i’ll let the officers of the actual republican party tell me who the republican party does and does not support, not anonymous people who post broken links.

    • nigel west dickens says:

      also that is not the libertarian party’s site you posted. it appears to be a pac that supports a lot of republicans, including several sitting congressmen and senators. so big fail on your part.

      kent williams by the way is supported mainly by pacs that support mostly democrats, including the afl-cio and the t.e.a. in fact he is one of only two non-democrats supported by the afl-cio.


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