Kleinheider reported a few days ago:
Director of the Legislature’s Office of Administration Connie Fredrick confirms to Post Politics that Democratic Senators John Wilder, Jim Kyle and Doug Jackson have transferred $6000, $7,000 and $5, 000 respectively to the account of Senator Mike Williams.
Mrs. J, who is a long-time Williams supporter and Post Politics reader, called on Saturday terribly upset about the news. Apparently, (1) she didn’t get those Williams mailers and feels slighted and (2) she plans to hit the Senator with her pocketbook next time she sees him because, in her opinion, it was stupid of him to take the money.
Yeah, it was. It gives the Republicans an opportunity to sound the “See, We Told You He’s One of Them” alarm and point out that Mike Williams is campaigning on your dime. However, in regards to the Democratic Senators helping the Senator formerly known as a Republican: I cannot imagine why anyone would be surprised by the news.
The state senate is split 16-16-1 with Independent Williams being the wild card. If Republicans manage to get Faulk elected to Senate, they will most likely take the majority. Meanwhile, Democrats throughout the state of Tennessee understand they’d have a better chance of sucking Popsicles in Hell before taking the 4th District seat. Williams, who doesn’t do the lockstep march with the party, is the best shot they’ve got at not getting steamrolled.
And Williams thought little about taking the money because he sucks at modern day politickin’. He doesn’t think strategically. (If he did, he would have never left the party. He would’ve overstayed his welcome making it a bit more difficult for the GOP to toss their full support behind Faulk.) He doesn’t have campaign communications. He’s not the greatest at building networks of support. He’s never had any interest in fund raising.
Bottom line: Williams is an old-fashioned potluck supper politician, always has been and always will be. And in the end, no matter how nice Williams is, what he’s done, or how much we all claim to hate the big dogs, his inability to hang will likely get him porched.