Tennessee State Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) has followed the lead of his colleague Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) and finally began a blog yesterday entitled Frank Niceley said, What?, with his first post recalling an incident in the hallway with former House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh (D-Covington) back in the days of Democratic control. Naifeh implored then-Representative Niceley that Republicans "have to do something about [Representative Stacey] Campfield, he has a blog!"
Niceley then recalled asking Naifeh "what's a blog," to which the then-Speaker responded "I don't know, but it sounds bad." From that point on, Naifeh would have a negative relationship with social media, as this writer would learn first-hand. It was when the Republican minority began to embrace social media, however reluctantly and with much prodding from Stacey Campfield, under former House Republican Leader Jason Mumpower (R-Bristol), that the seeds began to be planted for a Republican takeover of State government. Bloggers and the internet by no means caused this change, but many of us admittedly did our part to push what was then the long-reigning majority party into a media corner, insuring constant coverage of every misstep they made, allowing the opposition to hone their message and get it out to the people while Democrats were busy doing damage control.
With one of the Tennessee Senate's most conservative members now officially taking to the blogosphere, it means that rather than allowing the media to try and control his message, Senator Niceley will control his own, as well as the tone and method that message contains when it is delivered.
Senator Niceley's blog also promises to very entertaining, since his speeches are often the highlights of any legislatib