After a tumultuous end of this year’s legislative session with both GOP speakers butting heads, House Speaker Beth Harwell said the Senate has decided to end joint fundraising efforts for Republicans in the two chambers.
The decision to halt fundraising for the House and Senate’s “Tennessee Republican Caucus” political fundraising account, as first reported by the Tennessee Journal, serves as evidence of a shift among GOP members who rule the legislature with supermajorities.
"The Senate made a decision to end the joint fundraising efforts. That decision is fine with the House,” Harwell said in a statement to The City Paper late Friday. “I have a good working relationship with the lieutenant governor and all members of the state Senate and look forward to working with them on other projects."
As of Dec. 31, 2012, the “Tennessee Republican Caucus” account held $123,720.
This year’s legislative session, which ended last month, resulted in key bills from both Harwell and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey falling victim to political posturing in the final hours before adjournment.
The House and Senate speakers, who in past years have joined the governor in a post-session press conference, sent proxies instead. A spokeswoman in Harwell’s office did not answer questions as to whether the two speakers have spoken since the legislature’s adjournment, however Harwell told reporters last week she had not yet spoken to Ramsey.