Gary Odom Wins

Ken Whitehouse reports on this weekend’s leadership vote for the house:

Democrats in the Tennessee House of Representatives picked new leadership tonight as they face the reality that, for the first time since Reconstruction, they are the minority party.

Gary Odom won by two votes over Craig Fitzhugh for Democratic leader. There is a lot of drama going on but for the locals, this is of some interest.

In other caucus races, Lois DeBerry of Memphis was elected deputy Democratic leader and Morristown’s John Litz assistant leader. Dresden’s Mark Maddox was named whip, Dennis Ferguson of Roane County floor leader, Larry Turner of Memphis secretary, Cookeville’s Henry Fincher vice chair of the caucus, and Sherry Jones of Nashville caucus treasurer.

The rest is here.

I wonder how the governor feels about this because he said he has “trust issues” with Odom.

It could go like every episode of Dallas for the next two years. Sue Ellen gets drunk, J.R. Ewing has a scotch and masterminds a bunch of evil stuff, Bobby acts earnest and dies only for it to be a dream. Pamela can’t act and everyone tries to get their way for the sake of getting their way. If you don’t get the Dallas reference, just go to any episode of Days of our Lives.

You’ll get the picture.

UPDATED: In what could be the line of the day, I give you this from Silence is Golden.

Congratulations to Minority Leader Odom. I hope he’ll use this time to find a clear, articulate message for Tennessee Democrats, beyond just “We’re less psycho than the Republicans

And more from Braisted.

4 comments for “Gary Odom Wins

  1. Nielsen
    November 24, 2008 at 9:40 am

    I always thought House Democrats were Dallas-lite. Sort of a Knots Landing meets Falcon’s Crest with a little dash of Melrose Place. All the drama but none of the ratings.

  2. November 24, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Not mentioned there is that Mike Turner of Old Hickory was elected Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, which may be as important as Democratic Floor Leader, which is Odom’s job…

  3. newscoma
    November 24, 2008 at 10:58 am

    I think it was at Whitehouse’s story about Turner. I was looking at Maddox, as I’m wont to do. :)

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