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Mike

Nashville, TN

#1 Apr 5, 2012
Well I see mike is back at his same old game it appears this individual can run our County and run the Legislature he done so much for as a rep then a senator and now as mayor we need to run right out and support him
what game is that

Mount Juliet, TN

#2 Apr 6, 2012
just wondering
what game

Mount Juliet, TN

#3 Apr 6, 2012
sorry hadden read the paper yet .. so what maybe after trying to run this county he will see that there is more than hunting and such . he may go back renewed and dedecated to find jobs and a real solutions to this counties problem , he could realize that this senator doing this or that doesnt solve the problems back home . and that hes dedicated to finding solutions to the drug and jobless and every day issues that come with living in small town tenn. or he could ride the gravy train and do what ever. its hes right . and before you ask i wasnt a nashville mike supporter . but he really tried to make a difference he got blamed for a lot of stuff thats been around for a long time . he tried to solve a school problem that has been around for ever . but when every board member and commisioner hire family . that always creates more than it solves .. i have found my self likeing what i see . at least he is trying and that takes courage . if he comes across with a real plan for change and more than the hunting or fishing or wild life thing . i most likely will vote for him . but bottom line is there is so much more this countie needs and the working families need . and i for one want real change not just the same ole same ole . so mike lets hear your platform
HAS BEEN-OUT OF HERE

Hughesville, MD

#4 Apr 6, 2012
Guess Williams thinks playing politics is like the "flavor of the day!"Check out latest news that the GOP may disqualify Mayor Williams.Now that this "flip flopper" has pissed off the state republican party,Larry may get his revenge!I think Williams bit off more than he could chew when running for union county mayor."Don't talk that talk,if you can't walk that walk!"
Full Support

Knoxville, TN

#5 Apr 6, 2012
Mike Williams has my full support! Any freakin thing to get him out of this county. Running the county wasn't the ball of fun he expected it to be was it? He made a lot of promises and is now going to quit half way through his term.
what game

Mount Juliet, TN

#6 Apr 6, 2012
then your next question will be . whos going to be mayor
Williams Mayor Only

Washington, DC

#7 Apr 6, 2012
Just heard that the state GOP chairman has instructed the state election commissioner to contact local election commissions and REMOVE MIKE WILLIAMS name from the ballot for state senate!
what game

Mount Juliet, TN

#8 Apr 6, 2012
why doesnt he have the right to run and if not why
Full Support

Oak Ridge, TN

#9 Apr 6, 2012
If he qualified for the election he CAN NOT be removed. You people are idiots. Now shut up and vote for him again! He'll do better this time!
mikey

Nashville, TN

#10 Apr 6, 2012
Posted by Tom Humphrey on April 6, 2012 at 2:46 PM | Link | Comments (0)

Devaney Declares Williams Not a 'Bona Fide Republican'



State Republican Chairman Chris Devaney has moved to block former state Sen. Mike Williams from running as a Republican for the seat he once held, before losing to retiring Sen. Mike Faulk, R-Church Hill. Williams had declared himself an independent before the close loss to Faulk in 2008.

Devaney wrote Mark Goins, state election coordinator, to declare that Williams, now mayor of Union County, is not considered a "bona fide Republican" and, therefore, should not be permitted to appear on the ballot in August as a GOP candidate.

Here's a letter Devaney sent to the Republican State Executive Committee members Friday explaining his action:

Dear State Executive Committee Members:

As you might know, former State Senator Micheal Williams of Union County filed this week to run in State Senate District Eight. You may remember that Mr. Williams renounced his affiliation with the Republican Party in March 2007. Later, he ran as an Independent for re-election to the State Senate in 2008 and was defeated by State Senator Mike Faulk (R-Church Hill). Making a ruling on an issue such as this is one that I do not take lightly. In this case, I thought it was clear cut as to the question of Mr. Williams' status, and it was a decision I thought needed to be made swiftly.

Following Article IX, Section 2 of the TRP By-laws, I have declared Mr. Williams not eligible to run as a Republican for State Senate and have instructed the proper authorities to remove his name from the ballot. That letter is attached with this email.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I greatly appreciate all that you do for the Tennessee Republican Party. I hope you and your family have a great Easter.

Chris Devaney

Chairman
Full Support

Knoxville, TN

#11 Apr 7, 2012
What the shit is wrong with you republicans? This is our chance to get him out of the county. Let him run and put all your support behind him. And besides the ruling comes from the election officials in Nashville. The head of the department is Mark Goins a personal friend of soon to be Senator Williams. I give my full support to Mike Williams in his run for senate. After all look at all the good will he has stired up in his year as mayor.
In all fairness

Nashville, TN

#12 Apr 7, 2012
mikey wrote:
Posted by Tom Humphrey on April 6, 2012 at 2:46 PM | Link | Comments (0)
Devaney Declares Williams Not a 'Bona Fide Republican'
State Republican Chairman Chris Devaney has moved to block former state Sen. Mike Williams from running as a Republican for the seat he once held, before losing to retiring Sen. Mike Faulk, R-Church Hill. Williams had declared himself an independent before the close loss to Faulk in 2008.
Devaney wrote Mark Goins, state election coordinator, to declare that Williams, now mayor of Union County, is not considered a "bona fide Republican" and, therefore, should not be permitted to appear on the ballot in August as a GOP candidate.
Here's a letter Devaney sent to the Republican State Executive Committee members Friday explaining his action:
Dear State Executive Committee Members:
As you might know, former State Senator Micheal Williams of Union County filed this week to run in State Senate District Eight. You may remember that Mr. Williams renounced his affiliation with the Republican Party in March 2007. Later, he ran as an Independent for re-election to the State Senate in 2008 and was defeated by State Senator Mike Faulk (R-Church Hill). Making a ruling on an issue such as this is one that I do not take lightly. In this case, I thought it was clear cut as to the question of Mr. Williams' status, and it was a decision I thought needed to be made swiftly.
Following Article IX, Section 2 of the TRP By-laws, I have declared Mr. Williams not eligible to run as a Republican for State Senate and have instructed the proper authorities to remove his name from the ballot. That letter is attached with this email.
If you have any questions, please let me know. I greatly appreciate all that you do for the Tennessee Republican Party. I hope you and your family have a great Easter.
Chris Devaney
Chairman
In all fairness to Mr. Williams, I haven't ever heard of any by-laws which excommunicates a person as a republican. I find that one hard to swallow although I plan to examine the TRP policy. The only negative thing that could come out of this is the Republican caucuses' non-financial support of a candidate. Yes, people can be blackballed and that is politics especially within the party's "elite". I personally think people are too quick to judge this man. He has simply came into Union County, his home, and told the truth. While I do not agree with all his moves, and don't understand some, this appears to be another example of his opponents working to discredit him politically. The other important note here is that if he is the nominee, the caucus doesn't have much choice but to support him, given he is allowed by the inside "elite" to continue as a bona-fide republican in the race. People, understand that you are dealing with the "elite" and these are often the people in the party who have lost touch with local constituency. Mr. Williams is not the enemy here.
Full Support

Knoxville, TN

#13 Apr 7, 2012
Exactly! That makes sense! Now lets all go out to vote for him. Our gain is Nashville's loss.
Really

Knoxville, TN

#14 Apr 7, 2012
Could we look any more stupid? Almost every paper across the state is commenting on this. Nobody wants him he is a laughing stock. And we elected him mayor.
yep

Murfreesboro, TN

#15 Apr 7, 2012
Still better then Larry Lay!
UNION COUNTY EMBARRASMENT

Tazewell, TN

#16 Apr 8, 2012
I agree with "Really".Mayor Williams has set a new "low" for this county and the republican party.Williams ego has turned him into the most notorius "screwup" in union county history!With the field of candidates running,I'm not so sure he could win anyway.I guess the quote,"What goes around,comes around,"is really true.I guess Lt.Gov ernor Ramsey finally got his revenge!As for Mike Williams-STICK A FORK IN HIM,HE'S DONE!
told the truth

Clover, SC

#17 Apr 8, 2012
UNION COUNTY EMBARRASMENT wrote:
I agree with "Really".Mayor Williams has set a new "low" for this county and the republican party.Williams ego has turned him into the most notorius "screwup" in union county history!With the field of candidates running,I'm not so sure he could win anyway.I guess the quote,"What goes around,comes around,"is really true.I guess Lt.Gov ernor Ramsey finally got his revenge!As for Mike Williams-STICK A FORK IN HIM,HE'S DONE!
The problem with Williams is he tells the truth and has stepped on the elite's toes.

Anyone who tries to do right for the people, tell the truth, dig the dirt (uncover corruption) or oppose the county's elite status quo g.o.p. eventually gets a knife in the back. I hope if he does go out, he takes the elite down. Too few 'families' own this county and the city of Maynardville. This county needs an enima!!!
Really

Kingston, TN

#18 Apr 8, 2012
He tells the truth? He is a republican until it suits him to change. Then he is an independent who lets the democrats take over the state. Now that the state is republican again he wants to be called a republican. He is far from telling the truth.
Wakeup

Tazewell, TN

#19 Apr 9, 2012
The republicans bullied Mike because he voted his conscience and not the way they told him so they forced him out. That is what's wrong with government when the two parties vote party lines and the parties are almost even nothing gets done. Just look at Washingtn.

If they vote the republican or democrat party agenda then why send them to Nashville ? They can just call in their vote. No debate. No studying the bills. Just vote.

Actually republicans introduce bills they never read. Whatever ALEC sends them. It is no coincidence that states like Wisconsin Obio Tennessee etc are all passing the same stuff.

Faulk figured out he was being used and couldn't do anything and he does not want to run anymore. Wake up. The new republicans are for corporations and big money while we can't afford to buy medicines or go to the dentist or find work that pays a decent living wage. Im voting for Mike at least he has the guts to stand up to them!!!
Really

Knoxville, TN

#20 Apr 9, 2012
Faulk isn't running because his mother is ill. If republicans are so bad why does Mike the golden boy want to be one again? BULL SHIT!

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