Over at the City Paper, Andrea Zelinski reports that Jim Kyle's re-election was closer than he seemed to expect:
The Memphis Democrat was re-elected minority leader on a 4-3 secret ballot vote Tuesday on Capitol Hill after a challenge from Sen. Reginald Tate, also of Memphis.
“What I hear in the mode of that vote is that perhaps I need to change the way we do some things in my office. And I’ll take a look at it and do that,” Kyle told reporters Thursday.
He said he may have taken for granted that his members know what work he puts into the caucus, and added he needs to better market what he’s doing to his members.
I have an idea, Sen. Kyle. Why don't you start by not stabbing the best friend GLBT folks and women had in the Senate in the back? Oops, too late. Well, as a consolation prize, why don't you try taking up that part of Beverly Marrero's work? I know a lot of people across the state who relied on her would appreciate it.
Even then, you're just going to have to live with the fact that actions speak louder than words. Based on the calculated political shiv you planted in Marrero, your colleagues have every reason to suspect that when the chips are down, you'll sell them out to the Republicans to get your way. Time heals all wounds, it's true. But most folks are going to need a little more of it to heal this one.