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House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, noted that the House sponsor of the bill is a Democrat, and suggested that the bill may be a ploy to try to get Republicans to vote against a gun rights bill in an election year.
"If the Democrats in the House want to push this issue, we'll deal with it and vote on it," he said.
According to various accounts, Harwell had admonished Matheny for soliciting other legislators during a House floor session to sign up as co-sponsors of Bass' bill in apparent violation of a policy against those holding leadership positions advocating a bill when there is no House Republican Caucus consensus on the legislation. Matheny apparently believed Niceley -- mistakenly, said Niceley -- had reported his actions to Harwell.
Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, of Chattanooga,... and House Speaker Beth Harwell, of Nashville, are among the top five recipients of PAC funding in the Tennessee General Assembly for the current election season
The top 5 political action committees and rankings for local PACs that gave directly to Tennessee lawmakers and legislative candidates between Jan. 16, 2011, and Jan. 15, 2012.*
1) Federal Express PAC: $101,582
2) AT&T Tennessee PAC: $93,100
3) Wine & Spirits Wholesalers PAC: $78,100
4) Independent Medicine's PAC TN (physicians): $66,850
5) Tennessee Parents/Teachers Putting Students First: $65,400
House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, said the GOP’s success “has more do with the fact that we’re in the majority more than anything else.”
He noted that former Democratic House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh, at the height of his power, “used to raise more money than the entire Republican Caucus in some cycles.”
Donors “don’t get anything special out of it,” McCormick said.
Some may expect access, McCormick added, but he noted that if he has two telephone calls at once and one is from Chattanooga and another from a large donor, he takes the local call.
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