House Speaker Beth Harwell on next week’s planned House Republican Caucus vote on whether Rep. Jeremy Durham, R-Franklin, should remain as House majority whip. as quoted by Andrea Zelinski.
“I’ll be honest with you, I don’t even know that there’s going to be a vote,” Harwell told Post Politics when asked how she’d vote. “ I don’t know — ultimately — what this caucus is going to decide. We have a scheduled time when the caucus can meet. A lot can happen between now and then, so I don’t know what the vote’s going to even look like. So, I’ve got to withhold so I know exactly what the caucus’ mindset is.”
While some lawmakers say they fear Durham’s presence in leadership will look bad for the caucus and hurt fundraising efforts, Harwell said she’s seen no dip in contributions to either the caucus or the state Republican Party. “I believe that will work out. That’s not a major concern for me.”
What is a major concern?
“Just the overall health of the caucus,” she said. “I think it’s time for us to get this all behind us and focus on important issues of the state. Hopefully we can get that done quickly.”
Note: A vote could be avoided, of course, by Durham voluntarily resigning the position or by dropping the idea of removing Durham, first proposed by Rep. David Alexander, R-Winchester… or maybe by some sort of compromise solution?