Sen. Michael Williams: One of Tennessee’s “liabilities from a business perspective.

This bit of news is not new but in May 2008, BusinessTN Magazine featured their compilation of the best and worst Tennessee legislators for business.  Coming in at number two on the “worst” list is Sen. Michael R. Williams of our own Senate District 4.

Sen. Michael R. Williams (I-Maynardville) The formerly Republican Williams’ allegiance to former Democratic Lt. Gov. John Wilder kept the GOP from assuming control of the Senate in Tennessee. Williams was rewarded with a lofty Senate position. But when that control of the upper chamber was wrestled away by the Republicans (using Democratic Sen. Rosalind Kurita’s vote), Williams became a man without a party.

Ironically, Williams’ record is largely pro-business—he’s just so isolated now that he can’t be effective. He trusts nobody, and nobody trusts him. Evidence? He has set up a secondary makeshift office complete with desk and chair in the parking garage of Legislative Plaza. Other bizarre behavior has also ostracized the now Independent lawmaker. Take for instance his photo in the legislative booklet visitors to the Capitol use to identify lawmakers. In it, the antique car restorer is shown wearing a NASCAR ball cap and dark sunglasses.

Bad blood should never be a reason to not vote for good legislation. But Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey could sponsor a bill giving free ice cream to kids in the streets of Nashville, and no one would be surprised if Williams voted against it. Williams’ spat with Ramsey and the Republicans combined with the fact that his unpredictable vote is quite significant in a thinly divided Senate makes for too chaotic an environment for business, which is trying to protect its interests and make gains. For the betterment of Tennessee government, and the establishment of a more predictable, orderly legislature, Williams needs to go.

Williams is being challenged in the November 2008 election by Mike Faulk, an attorney from Churchill, TN running on the Republican Ticket. 

You have read above what Mike Williams has offered our business environment in Tennessee from the BusinessTN Magazine article.  So, click on over to Mike Faulk’s website and check out the “About Mike“, “Platform” and other links to learn more about Mike Faulk.

This video may also help you get a better feel for Mike Faulk and what he has to offer the residents of Jefferson, Claiborne, Grainger, Hawkins, Hancock and Union counties. 

Retired-U.S. Representative Bill Jenkins endorses Mike Faulk for his state senate bid in the 4th district:

My Fellow East Tennesseans:

Mike Faulk is the 8th generation of his mother’s family that has called Hawkins County home. Mike is what some folks call a “Mountain Republican.”

The Scots-Irish blood that flows through his veins, like that of Ronald Reagan whose mother was Scots-Irish, in large measure defines who he is. Mike says he is an old fashioned, leave-me-alone, common-sense conservative and a self-sufficient, rugged individualist who believes in small-government and values individual liberty most highly.

His people are farmers and factory workers. Mike, too, has spent his share of time in hay fields, tobacco barns, and on factory floors.

He’s proof that the American dream is alive and well in Tennessee. Mike Faulk is the first of his family to graduate from college. His mother, Rose, will tell you he had to work his way through college, graduate school, and law school. But Faulk says there are plenty of folks who deserve the credit for helping him along his way.

I first met Mike during a political campaign in 1970 while he was still in high school and working at WMCH Radio in Church Hill. We became reacquainted in 1982 when he managed the Tennessee Supreme Court campaign for my friend, Tom Hull, who is now a retired Federal Judge from Greeneville.

At the end of that campaign, Mike decided to move his family home – to Church Hill to be a country lawyer. When you sit down at his office conference table you’ll see a quote from another pretty fair country lawyer, Abraham Lincoln, which has guided Mike Faulk in his law practice in East Tennessee. It reads: “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can . . . As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.”

His legal career has been exceptional. I know first hand. I was Circuit Court Judge in Hawkins County. A young lawyer named Mike Faulk became Hawkins County’s first certified Civil Trial Specialist.

From t-ball coach to Juvenile Court Referee, to County Commissioner, to Vice-Chairman of the Hawkins County Republican Party and as the Vice-Chairman of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, Mike Faulk has shown the heart of a servant.

I strongly recommend you take the time to get to know Mike by reading his story below. And get to know him personally. You’ll find him easy to talk to, down to earth, and as hard working as they come.

Your friend,

Bill Jenkins



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One Comment on “Sen. Michael Williams: One of Tennessee’s “liabilities from a business perspective.“”

  1. Danny Harrell Says:

    Atleast now the Repubican party is happy. Mike Williams lost in the TN State Senate; was a gain for Union County TN.I believe Mike’s vote came from the heart and I have known Mike all my life. There is 2 sides to every story,maybe people should here Mike’s side.
    Glad to have you back in Union Co,Mike. Don’t ever stop voting your heart.President,George Washington, stated to vote for the man.Not the party and that’s just what I have done.I have registered both ways in my life,so I could vote for the person. However,this allows people to label me.I support both parties in some things and disagree in other things. Freedom is not free,It has been paid for in Blood. Men, Women and even Children have lost their lives for our Freedom.Not something to take for granted.

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