Hazlewood joins race for House GOP Caucus chair


Rep. Patsy Hazlewood of Signal Mountain is joining the race for House Republican Caucus chair, reports Andy Sher of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The position is opening because of the nomination of Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) to become the House speaker next week.

Hazlewood is a late entry into the race. She joins Reps. Michael Curcio of Dickson, Jeremy Faison of Cosby, and Jerry Sexton of Bean Station in the contest for the No. 3 caucus leadership position.

Hazlewood, who served as vice chair of the powerful House Finance Committee this session, told Sher she realizes “it is a little bit late in the game” to join the fray.

“But I’ve spent the last few days talking to our members and I do believe there’s room and there’s interest in having me in the role. And again, not to disparage in any way any of the other candidates, I think there’s room for a fourth,” she said.

Hazlewood is a retired AT&T executive and a onetime regional director for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

The caucus chair is responsible for messaging and political functions of the caucus. Fundraising and campaign work are a major focus of the job. The caucus press secretary is also housed within the office.

“I’m accustomed to working with a lot of divergent opinions,” Hazlewood said. “One of the things I want all to understand is we’re all reflective of our districts. Under this leadership, everyone’s going to be free to vote their districts.”


9 Responses to Hazlewood joins race for House GOP Caucus chair

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Her entry makes her the most liberal candidate in the race with her lifetime American Conservative Union rating of only 83%. Jeremy Faison is a member of the Toadying Ten as he voted AGAINST closing Tennessee’s primaries which would have made it more difficult for liberal Democrats to vote for centrists supported by the Republican establishment in Republican primaries so the only thing he can be considered for is defeat in the 2020 elections. Jerry Sexton has an American Conservative Union lifetime rating of 89%, which makes him the most conservative in the group so he’s the best choice.

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      David Thomas says:

      If they ever vote to close primaries then each party should foot the bill for their own primary. If the vote is just for one political party, then the taxpayers should not have to pay for it!

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        No David, the vote will be for two political parties and probably any others that qualify for their name to appear on the ballot. The Republicans will have their taxpayer funded primary and the Democrats will have their taxpayer funded primary. All primaries will be held in the same place at the same time so there will be no material extra cost in adopting a rational primary system, the only difference will be that instead of asking the stupid question “What primary?” the primary poll worker will simply hand the voter the ballot of the party in which he is registered and that’s the primary in which he will cast his vote. Simple, which is unfortunate for the liberal Democrats and the centrist Republican establishment who like the present system just fine for obvious reasons.

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      Perry Aubric says:

      Only a nitpicking obsessive delusional theorist would think there is much difference between 83% conservative or 89%, whatever meaningless nonsensical biased axe-grinding standard might be used.

      But, I do agree about closed primaries. Always have. Only Republicans should have a hand in picking Republican nominees, and only Democrats should have a hand in picking Democratic nominees.

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    James White says:

    Too bad Sexton voted FOR an Article V Constitutional Convention.

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    Phil Lassiter says:

    The caucus in general is pretty moderate-leaning liberal. Doesn’t matter who wins. They will have a VERY moderate Speaker soon who carried a bill to do away with the Electoral College

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      B-B-B-But Phil, when they got rid of Glen Casada because he said a few naughty things in a private on-line conversation we were assured that we simply would get another conservative to take his place. Now you’re telling us that au contraire, we will “. . .have a VERY moderate Speaker soon. . . .” Are you saying that those conservatives who voted against Glen in a fit of righteous indignation will live to regret having acted in a fit?

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        Lenny says:

        They didn’t oust him for his bisexual incest daddy fantasies with his staff. That behavior is generally accepted by Evangelical Republicans. The quote “Everyone’s going to be free to vote their districts” is a reference to the problem people had with Casada.

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    Donna Locke says:

    Not Curcio.

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