In January of 2005, nine Republicans abandoned their party and voted for Democrat tyrant Jimmie Naifeh for House Speaker. These have since come to be known as the infamous “Naifeh Nine”. For the record they are:

  • Michael Harrison of Treadway

  • Russell Johnson, Loudon
  • Joe McCord, Maryville
  • Steve McDaniel, Parkers Crossroads
  • Bob McKee, Athens
  • Richard Montgomery, Seymour
  • Chris Newton, Benton
  • Doug Overbey, Maryville
  • Dennis Roach, Rutledge

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