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Matheny and McCormick: ‘Pathminder’ and ‘Pathfinder’

From a City Paper story on Judd Matheny’s talk of challenging House Speaker Beth Harwell and Gerald McCormick’s thoughts on the matter.
Matheny said he has “great admiration and great respect” for Harwell, but listed the leadership’s decision to compromise on a “core constitutional principle” as a primary motivation for a challenge. The current example, he said, is the so-called guns-in-lots bill — Maggart’s lack of enthusiasm for the bill played a large role in the loss of her seat — but added, “If it can be done in one area, it can and will be done in other areas.”
He also noted concern over a lack of “fortitude” to “counter some of the forces that are coming out of Washington” and said the state “shouldn’t even be considering the expansion of the health care law.”
Matheny’s primary grievance is his assertion that he’s been shut out and marginalized by those at the top.
“I am capable of much more,” he said. “I’m capable of being involved in much more in state government, and I don’t believe some of the members of leadership have fully taken advantage of that or fully allowed me to be the most I can be.”
House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick called the charge “kind of silly.” He said competition for leadership positions is a positive thing, and he doesn’t begrudge Matheny a desire to run. However, he said Matheny was “hard to get in contact with and didn’t do much” during the past two years.
Matheny said he respects McCormick, but the two simply have a “difference of opinion” on the matter. Presented with the idea that there seemed to be a group of conservatives in the state who are eager to challenge the established leadership every chance they get, Matheny concurred.
“I think that’s a good observation,” he said. “I think you can break up the state into two categories. You have a group of what I call the ‘pathminders,’ who are happy, primarily, with the status quo, they understand that we do have some problems nationally that are severe, but their timeline is unrealistic to address them and deal with them. Then you have group that I call the ‘pathfinders,’ and I consider myself one of those.”
The latter group, he said, knows “we have to alter the trajectory that we’re on or we will not be able to survive.”