Farmer challenging Lamberth for majority leader

Reps. Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville), right, and Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah) speak before a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in Nashville on March 16, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

State Rep. Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) is challenging Rep. William Lamberth (R-Portland) for the position of House majority leader this fall, according to a letter to colleagues obtained by the The Tennessee Journal.

Farmer and Lamberth were two of four Republican attorneys first elected to the House in 2012 (the other two were Rep. Mike Carter of Ooltewah and disgraced former Rep. Jeremy Durham of Franklin). Farmer won the District 17 seat following Republican Rep. Frank Niceley’s election to the state Senate, while Lamberth was elected the District 44 seat vacated by the retirement of Rep. Mike McDonald (D-Portland).

Lamberth won the chamber’s No. 2 leadership position in November 2018 in the same caucus election that saw Rep. Glen Casada (R-Franklin) nominated for what turned out to be a truncated speakership.

Here’s Farmer’s letter:

Dear Members,

As most of you know, I have been considering the opportunity to run for a caucus leadership position. Realizing the challenges of the upcoming session, I am ready to work with you to face those challenges to make a positive impact on our great state. After much prayer, deliberation and discussion with my wife and family, I have decided to announce my candidacy for House Majority Leader.

Our caucus benefits from a wide range of abilities, viewpoints and experiences among the members. As Majority Leader, I will work to help every member effectively represent their district. We all deserve to make a difference, and that is only accomplished when all of our voices are heard. We only reach our full potential when we recognize the wisdom of our constituents who put us here in the first place. After more than a decade as an attorney I have experienced the challenges that individuals, businesses, and families face. I have learned that listening and understanding their needs are always the first step in helping. By applying those same principles we can make the upcoming session both exciting and productive.

I appreciate the support that so many of you have already offered and I look forward to meeting individually with each one of you to discuss how we, together can reach new heights as a unified caucus. I am respectfully asking each of you for your support and vote.

Sincerely,

Andrew Farmer

15 Responses to Farmer challenging Lamberth for majority leader

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Farmer (ACU-82%) while Lamberth (ACU-85%). And Lamberth is clean shaven. I say Lamberth by a nose.

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      MARLE says:

      Oh boy!

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      MARLE says:

      You have finally put a fine point on the brilliance of your thinking when it comes to evaluating a political candidate. Yes, “clean shaven” is right up there with any one of your zany scoring criteria.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        It’s a close ideological call and when it is, aesthetic factors come into play. Besides, Not That Stuart Guy subsequently indicated that he doesn’t like Lamberth which only goes to show the methodology I use to choose my favorite candidate more often than not results in what turns out to be the correct choice.

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    Not That Stuart Guy says:

    Lamberth will keep his position. He shouldn’t, but he will.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    NONE of the (R) that are bowing down to trump and supporting his dirty campaigns should be re-elected. Tennessee badly needs some politicians that can actually think on their own and don’t need to follow crooked people just to be part of some high score shady group.
    New blood needed and no criminals need apply.

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    Benton Temple says:

    Farmer is a close Casada associate. The rumor running rampant on the hill is that Farmer and Casada are even working on a couple of business projects together.

    That is too close for comfort. Anyone that wants good ethical government is especially suspicious of anyone with ties to Casada.

    Go get ’em William.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    “Anyone that wants good, ethical government” should be especially suspicious of ANY republican that is running at any level of government this time around. Trump has already said that he just needs to squeeze in one more judge before he turns the election over to the court. He knows he is going to win and he just needs to put one more supporter in that high position to make it happen. He is so close, he is drooling over the power. And the GOP (Mc-Con-all, Graham, etc.) just blindly look away and in so doing, they support this type of treason/nonsense. Time to stand up republicans and say it loud and clear, enough is enough!!

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      MARLE says:

      They are going to go back on the words they said in ’16 and they ARE going to wield all the power given to them by the Constitution because they know, I know, and you know Dems would do the same thing given the chance.

      They are all the same; no different.

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    Donna Locke says:

    We won’t get mandatory E-Verify out of either one of them.

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    MARLE says:

    The biggest beneficiary, as a demographic, of illegal immigration is Legal, bi-lingual,Hispanics working in the US. With an enormous cohort of language challenged people in the US, those who can legally work AND who have Spanish language skills get preferential hiring initiatives in every sector of employment. English-speaking-only applicants are bypassed for employment and for promotion.

    I remember Ann Coulter’s assertion that Hispanics who had “come in the legal way” were going to be furious at those who had “jumped the line” and come in illegally. Well, actually, their voices have been very timid in their condemnation because so many have financially benefitted from providing services and goods to those who need or want services and goods provided by the Bi-Lingual and “culturally sensitive”.

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      Donna Locke says:

      This is true, and one of black immigration-control activists in California said Latino immigrants, legal and illegal, had taken over his neighborhood in Los Angeles, and his teenage son couldn’t get a job at McDonald’s because he didn’t speak Spanish. Terry Anderson. He was an auto mechanic who got a radio gig talking about what mass immigration had done to the lives of black Americans. Terry has passed away. I talked with him a few times. He had a great sense of humor in spite of everything. He never minced words, that’s for sure. He came to Georgia to try to help there.

      In Atlanta, I got calls in the middle of the night sometimes — black men crying about the jobs they were losing to immigration. Passed over.

      When you hear “Defund ICE” out of the current “protesters”/hoodlums, you see another black effort hijacked, just as the affirmative action and minority set-aside programs have been hijacked by people with no history here.

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