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    Contrary to Williams assertion that he approached the Democrats, the truth is the other way around, according to columnist Jeff Woods.

    House Democratic leader Gary Odom went to Elizabethton to meet Kent Williams at a restaurant. Out of the blue, Odom asked Williams how he'd like to be the speaker of the House.
    [snip]
    "We were looking for an alternative in case it became necessary, and it became necessary." [said Odom]

    Became necessary to bring the rest of the House Dems in on the secret plot today.

    When the session started today, many Democrats  weren't even aware of what was about to happen, Naifeh said. That's why Democrats moved for a 30-minute recess, to give themselves time to brief the party's members. (The wily Odom told the House he wanted the recess to give everyone time to take pictures with families in attendance on opening day.)

    They had a little help from the Republicans for this ploy, too.

    Freshman Republican Terri Lynn Weaver, a gospel singer and apparently not the sharpest knife, unwittingly played into Naifeh's hands when she pushed the wrong button and mistakenly voted with the Democrats to allow the recess.

    Naifeh claims the Lt. Gov. and Mumpower were plotting mass firings of legislative employees.

    Williams apparent willingness to lie about the origins of this deal may demonstrate another slippery customer.  One willing to slip out of his Republican cloak and assume his Democratic wardrobe?

    They burn our children in their wars and grow rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

    by Limelite on Tue Jan 13, 2009 at 05:00:56 PM PST

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