Meanwhile, Republicans have decided not to make a rash decision on whether to disown Williams. They wouldn't want to act hastily. The GOP executive committee reports that it's reviewing the situation.
"Tennessee is in perilous times, facing serious economic, budgetary and other challenges, and yet Speaker Williams is dithering on scheduling a vote on who will fill these very important offices. His delay, likely at the behest of Democrat leaders, is bad for Tennessee and a bad start to his already-controversial speakership," said Bill Hobbs, communications director for the Tennessee Republican Party. "At a time when Tennessee needs competent leadership from its legislature, Williams is instead playing politics with these important jobs in order to please his new political benefactors on the Democratic side of the aisle."