Norris backs McNally as Senate speaker

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris today backed Senate Finance Chairman Randy McNally as successor to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey as Senate speaker… and Ramsey said he’s neutral, but McNally certainly is qualified.

From Nashville Post Politics:

“I want to stay out of this, I really do. I don’t get a vote, but Randy McNally has been here for 38 years and he won’t be here much longer. I’ve had several members talk to me about that and I can see why people might think Randy should be the one. But again, I don’t get a vote,” Ramsey told reporters.

…“I haven’t counted votes, I haven’t done that,” Ramsey said about support for McNally, a member with 38 years experience in the legislature who said he would want to serve a transitionary role for two years or so. “He seems to have some momentum now just talking to my fellow members, but I don’t know.

“There’s one thing I don’t want, and that’s a blood bath as soon as I leave. I don’t want that. Hopefully there could be some kind of consensus candidate out there,” Ramsey said.

Norris, who met with Ramsey moments before reporters, said he would support a McNally speakership, telling media he “made a lot of calls” in the last few days pitching him as a man with a “storied career and reputation here, is the dean of the Senate in terms of time here and steady at the helm.”

Note: Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson, who has been mentioned as a prospective Ramsey successor along with Norris, previously announced support for McNally, post HERE.