Reggie Tate: A Democrat ‘Tight With Republicans’?

Jackson Baker has a report on Sen. Reginald Tate as a “symbolic figure” in the current state of Democratic senators dealing with a Republican “supermajority.”
Tate is aware that some of his fellow Democrats consider him too tight with Republicans, especially with Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, Speaker of the state Senate, who recently awarded him with prestigious committee assignments. But he denies that any strings were attached and says, “I never asked to be vice-chair of the Education committee. I never asked to be on Fiscal Review.”
Granted, while serving on the Senate Education committee during the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions, Tate had voted with suburban Republicans from Shelby County rather than with Democrats on issues relating to the enabling of suburban school districts in the county, but he explains that by referring to the fact of Memphis being so largely a black city and perhaps needing at some point to practice its own form of exclusivity.
“In the long run why woudn’t I vote fot that bill because it gives them the option to do what they want?” he says, seeming to make an argument for turnabout being fair play.
And he is frank to aver that Realpolitik influences his relations with the Republican majority, who, after all, have the power. “It just so happens that I’m not dancing to the music. If I can’t get you to help me, then I’m going to get somebody else to help me.”
Yes, he is friendly with Ramsey, but that’s because “he wants to reach out to the Democratic side.” Anyhow, “If I’m not dancing to Kyle’s music, what makes anybody think I’d dance to Ramsey’s music?”

One thought on “Reggie Tate: A Democrat ‘Tight With Republicans’?

  1. Eric H

    “Anyhow, If I’m not dancing to Kyle’s music, what makes anybody think I’d dance to Ramsey’s music?”
    Now, now, don’t go blowing the facade that there are more than two sides.
    I know! He must be dancing to Kent Williams’ music…

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