Bigwigs to be at GOP dinner

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Three state legislative leaders are scheduled to be in town Thursday evening for the Marshall County Republican Party's annual Presidents Dinner in Lewisburg's Recreation Center.

The 6:30 p.m. banquet offers a South Central Tennessee forum for Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, speaker of the Senate, state Rep. Beth Harwell, speaker of the House, and Sen. Bill Ketron, GOP Caucus Chairman.

"It's nice to have the attention of these powerful people in Tennessee government," County Party Chairman Billy Spivey said.

"We're definitely excited about it," Spivey said Monday. "We're expecting a couple of hundred people at the dinner."

Spivey has confirmations from Ramsey, Harwell and Ketron, but he quickly added that the lieutenant governor's daughter "is expecting his first grandchild in a few days, so we'll certainly be understanding if he can't be with us because that child certainly will be a priority for him. We wish his family the best."

"I have asked all of them to say a few words and have asked them to feel free to boast about the accomplishments of our state majority in the state Senate and the House," Spivey said. "It certainly has been a fruitful year.

"I would expect Sen. Ketron to bring conversation about his immigration bills to the forum," the county party chairman said.

Earlier this spring there had been indications that the commissioner, or another high-ranking leader at the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development might attend, but Spivey explained, "We had a scheduling conflict."

The Republicans' banquet "was scheduled late this year in hopes that we could get the governor to come visit," said Spivey, again indicating scheduling conflicts.