No sleight of hand: The rise and fall of Matthew Hill

Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) attends a meeting on Jan. 8, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

WJHL-TV’s Jeff Keeling has taken a deep dive into the career of soon-to-be former state Rep. Matthew Hill, from the Jonesborough Republican’s first election in 2004 to his crushing defeat in last month’s primary. Hill, along with his friend Micah Van Huss and brother Timothy Hill made up the core of a bloc of lawmakers who made life difficult for fellow Republican lawmakers and governors.

But Matthew Hill’s ambition for power was also his undoing (as one wag put it, he may have been “flying too close to the sun”), as he first aligned himself with controversial former Speaker Glen Casada and then made an ill-fated bid for the chamber’s top leadership post amid a series of revelations about an unregistered Christian magic company and having his house placed in foreclosure proceedings.

Hill ended up losing the speaker’s race to Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) and was then defeated by Rebecca Keefauver Alexander in the GOP primary in August. Van Huss also lost his primary, while Timothy Hill came up short in his bid for Congress.

Keeling’s extensive account features commentary from local politicos and certain editor of The Tennessee Journal. Read the story and watch the video here.

22 Responses to No sleight of hand: The rise and fall of Matthew Hill

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    Benton Temple says:

    Hate to see it.

    He won’t be the last nut job member of our caucus to go down in a primary. It’s time to support members that stand for the right things, work hard, and are fundamentally good people. That does not describe Van Huss, Hill, or Hill.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    The loss of Timothy Hill (ACU-88%), Mathew Hill (ACU-89%), and Micah Van Huss (ACU-90%) all in one year was a heavy blow indeed that may result in the state House Republican Party becoming ever more feckless and craven. I have long been a financial supporter of all three and while Timothy ran for Congress I was never contacted by either Mathew or Micah for a donation. Either they were tired of serving in the General Assembly or they were overconfident of victory. In either case, they along with Andy Holt made up an important part of the Republican Party’s spinal column, such as it is, in the House and now they’re gone. Hold on conservatives, the next session of the General Assembly may not be pretty.

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    James White says:

    His down fall was voting For an Article V Constitutional Convention.

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      Perry Aubric says:

      Hahahahahahahahaha. It is so funny that you think anyone really gives a damn about this non-issue. But, hey. Life on the fringes must be so frustrating for you, James.

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        Eddie White says:

        Perry is right. This constitutional convention issue carries no weight in any election. Beyond that it appears most conservative legislators were supportive of the idea. We have much bigger issues to deal with than this issue.

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          James White says:

          I am not alone, and remember not only the Republicans want one, the democrats want one, and guess who will control it? Soros and Gates and their money! Do you think they will let you keep the 1st and 2nd amendments?

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            Perry Aubric says:

            James, you have never even understood Article V of the Constitution of the United States. A convention cannot by itself change the constitution. If one is ever called, it can propose amendments which must be ratified by the states, just like amendments proposed through the Congress.

            Article V specifically refers to “a Convention for proposing Amendments” which would require three-fourths of the states to ratify them before they could be added to the Constitution.

            Your paranoid fantasies notwithstanding, three-fourths of our state will never agree to revoking our First or Second Amendments.

            Read the Constitution. Its language is plain. I invite anyone to actually read Article V of the Constitution. James, you have never known what the hell you are talking about. And no one but you and a handful of fellow margin-dwellers care about this.

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            James White says:

            Perry did you not learn that the 21 amendment was not ratified by the state legislatures, They were bypassed and can happen again?

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            James White says:

            Pay attention: … when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress;….

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            Perry Aubric says:

            So what? Elected delegates to a constitutional convention are just as representative of the nation or any state as the Congress or the State Legislature. Three fourths of the states can be trusted with our Constitution. Your silly paranoia is unwarranted.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Seems like voters are takin’ the crooks and non workers down one by one, even those with the coveted high magic score cards. Could it be that the times are a changin’??

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Maybe, however, look for the low information voters to choose insipid Republicans certainly NOT leftists in the Democratic Party so don’t you go and get your hopes up Taxpayer.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    HaHa Good Riddance Republicans eating themselves Gotta love it!

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    (R) are jumping ship every day in increasing numbers and there is a reason why. The republican party will continue to hollow out the government until there is no one left to perform any tasks at all. Not a single republican has put forward ANY plans at all for progress. No leaders, no plans, no workers sounds like a perfect way to make America Great again? Sure thing!

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      Phil Lassiter says:

      Taxpayer, do you have a 401k or similar? How is it compared to 4 years ago? Can’t say the Chief Republican hasn’t done anything for YOU-unless you have no retirement like a liberal mainstream voter. This hurts because It’s true. You will be ok, though.

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        MARLE says:

        There is more to the integrity and soul of a nation that the performance of the stock market. The market is overvalued by any historic measure of PE ratios and is being fueled by Low Ball Fed rates which give an investor no choice but to chase the market, driving prices up.

        What do you think your 401K would look like if CD rates were at the 4-5% levels. Clinton had a roaring stock market with normal interest rates. W had a rising market with normal rates. The only way Trump has had the market returns is through manipulation of the market by jawboning the Fed to historically low rates never before seen in a stable and rising Economy.

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          Phil Lassiter says:

          Told you it would hurt. You’ll recover from the truth also, MARLE. Little sting like a pun prick-I understand. You will make a full recovery as long as you aren’t forced to deal with the truth all at once. Chin up

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    Karen Bracken says:

    Won’t miss any one of these 3 politicians. Time to do a better job of ekecting statesmen instead of politicians.

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