Faison wins 4-way race for House GOP Caucus chair

Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) speaks to colleagues after being elected House Republican Caucus chair in Nashville on Aug. 22, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby has been elected chair of the House Republican Caucus. The position was vacated by the nomination of Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) as House speaker.

Faison defeated Rep. Michael Curcio of Dickson in the final ballot on a 40-31 vote. Rep. Patsy Hazlewood of Signal Mountain was eliminated in the second round and Rep. Jerry Sexton of Bean Station failed to clear the first round.

Faison is known for his bombastic persona and his vocal support for legalizing medical marijuana. He has shown an uncanny ability to count votes within the caucus. His prediction for his caucus chair victory was within one vote, and he was almost as close in his count going into the caucus meeting to declare lost confidence in former Speaker Glen Casada in May.

13 Responses to Faison wins 4-way race for House GOP Caucus chair

  • James White says:

    No to legal dope and yes to vouchers.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Everyone knew Curcio was out before it started

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    There were four choices and arguably the very worst one won! Toadies who obey the centrist establishment and vote to make it as easy as possible for liberal Democrats to vote in Republican primaries should not be rewarded with a leadership position except perhaps leadership of the House Toady Caucus.

    • Perry Aubric says:

      Stuart, you are so irrelevant and out of reality that you are making yourself into a running joke on this site.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        OK, OK, Perry I understand. You are a liberal who likes to conveniently vote for centrist Republicans in the Republican primaries because, unless you live in one of our small liberal ghettos, you realize that is the only way you can use your vote to influence who will be the ultimate winner given the moribund state of the Democratic Party in Tennessee. On the other hand, you may be a centrist Republican who likes liberals barreling into the Republican primaries to help elect your ideological kinsmen to office. Either way, you don’t have to get testy about it.

  • Jason Wallflower says:

    Yeah, let’s elect the guy that doesn’t know how to run a campaign apparatus or how to raise money. Makes sense.

  • Perry Aubric says:

    The notion that Faison is a “liberal” is laughable. Only a delusional outlier would make such a claim. General Assembly apparently is not as unhinged as Stuart. Judging by who wins elections, a solid conservative is what Tennessee expects—not a radical reactionary or a Bircher-style theorist.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Now you are starting to worry me Perry. No one said Faison is a “liberal” that I know of, certainly not me. I said that Faison is a TOADY. . .toadies come in all ideologies. It’s simply what you do if your greatest motivation is staying in office and you want to ingratiate yourself to a group that has most of the money and power.

      See? I am not a “delusional outlier,” on the contrary, I am right in the mainstream of solid conservative thought. Ask around, you will find that overwhelmingly solid conservatives don’t like open primaries and your friend Faison apparently does. Does that make him a liberal, not necessarily, but it certainly should disqualify him from a leadership position in what is allegedly the Tennessee House’s conservative party.

      • Perry Aubric says:

        I have never favored open primaries either. I also am no single-issue insist-on-100-percent-or-nothing voter. One issue like this, which is really unimportant to the vast majority of voters, is no disqualifier for a leadership post . In fact, despite what you and I believe about closed primaries, I am not so sure that most Tennesseans or even most Republicans would agree with us. Does Faison listen to his constituents, his conscience or his understanding of what Stuart and Perry think about it?

        • Stuart I. Anderson says:

          1. To conservatives, the issue of closing Tennessee’s primaries is of great importance. Liberalism succeeded by finally gaining full ideological control of the Democratic Party. In our two party system the only way to succeed is to gain control of one of the two parties. The liberals have the Democratic Party so conservatives are left with attempting to gain control of the Republican Party. Open primaries that make for what has been estimated as 10% – 15% of the electorate voting in the typical contested Republican primary consisting of liberal Democrats with no earthly intention of voting Republican in the general but reliably voting in the primary for the most centrist candidate is yet another obstacle to conservatives achieving ideological control of the Republican Party. That’s why keeping open primaries with the help of toadies like Faison is so important to the centrist establishment.

          2. In December 2018 in a meeting of the Republican State Executive Committee a resolution was passed asking the Tennessee General Assembly to change the voting laws so that serious party registration would take place and our primaries would effectively be closed. The vote was 45 in favor, 14 opposed, with one abstention. You can therefore be assured that a majority of Republicans agree with us that primaries should be closed and they were kept open when ten toadies to the Republican centrist establishment, including Jeremy Faison, voted against the resulting legislation in the House Local Government Committee.

          3. Faison listens to the Republican centrist establishment, that we can be sure of, and on Friday he received his reward. In the words of Fancy’s mama that should hang in the office of every centrist Republican officeholder as inspiration, “You be nice to the gentlemen, Fancy, and they’ll be nice to you.”

    • James White says:

      For more than a century ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”

      This incredible admission against self-interest was made by David Rockefeller in his own book, Memoirs (2002).

  • Eddie White says:

    James, what in the world are you talking about? Are you feeling ok?

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