Democrats and Republicans alike are making cooing sounds about working together in the next General Assembly. But already a fight has broken out. They just can't help themselves. House GOP Caucus chairman Glen Casada fired back at his Democratic counterpart Mike Turner today for saying Republicans will push an extremist agenda now that they rule Tennessee.
"Mike's just accused the people of Tennessee of being extremists. I disagree with Mike. Tennessee is not an extremist state. We're a good people and a hard-working people. We just know government's not the answer. The people of Tennessee bought into the conservative agenda and the conservative message."
Casada, who wants to be the next House speaker, also said he's not sure the GOP should welcome Rep. Kent Williams back into the fold should he ask to rejoin the party.
"That will be a caucus decision. I was disappointed that Kent worked openly and very hard against Republicans. You all probably are familiar with the endorsements he made. I don't know if he endorsed any Republicans. I know he endorsed several Democrats. He endorsed Judy Barker. He endorsed Ty Cobb, and he got involved in the Joe Carr race. With that said, we want to reach out to Democrats and work with them and we want to reach out to independents and work with them."