NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican state Rep. Judd Matheny of Tullahoma tells The Associated Press he's polling colleagues about a possible challenge of House Speaker Beth Harwell for the chamber's top leadership post next year.
Matheny holds the title of House speaker pro tempore, the only position besides speaker elected by the entire chamber.
But he complains of being marginalized by other Republican leaders, whom he charges with diluting his key legislative initiatives ranging from loosening gun laws to battling what he perceives as the domestic spread of Islamic law.
Matheny said he holds no personal grudge against Harwell, whom he supported in a hard-fought speaker's race in 2010. But he said he wants the Legislature to exert more power within state government and to pursue what he called "our true constitutional principles."
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.