Harwell on ‘elections not auctions’ & being a cemetery groundskeeper

Campaigning for Republican gubernatorial nomination on Friday, Beth Harwell was quoting state Sen. Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) when asked about facing multi-millionaire opponent  and a Virginia politician on what it’s like to be speaker of a state House of Representatives.

From the Kingsport Times-News:

“This will be an expensive race, unfortunately,” Harwell, R-Nashville, said during a talk to the Kingsport Kiwanis Club on Friday. “But I can tell you that first I know we will be able to raise sufficient monies to get our message out. I know I won’t be the largest funder in this race. Why? Because you can’t run against multi-millionaires and expect to keep up with them. … This is America, and I’m for everyone making as much money as they can make. With that money, I think you ought to be able to buy cars, boats, houses. … My dear friend Frank Niceley used to say ‘We like having elections, not auctions.’ … I think we’ll be successful in this campaign.”

…In describing her legislative service, Harwell warmed up to Kiwanians by sharing advice she had received from retired Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William Howell.

“Do you think being speaker of the House is like herding a bunch of cats?” Harwell said that she had asked Howell. “He said ‘no’ … being the speaker of the House is exactly like being the groundskeeper in a cemetery. … There are a lot of folks underneath you and nobody’s listening.”

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