I hear a lot of positive things about Hembree and he seems like he would be a fresh face outside the status quo.
But everyone keeps telling me his district is trending Democrat. If so, do we want a vulnerable Speaker who might be tempted to use caucus resources to keep himself elected?
Or, is this argument negated by the fact that redistricting will take place in 2011 and if he can hold on through next year, which is extremely likely, he can be drawn into a safer district?
UPDATE: I’m told the demographics are shifting, but should be stable enough through 2011 that it will not be a problem at all. The line stops at Arbor Place Mall in Douglasville. To the east, the population is growing more African-American and Democrat. To the west, it is growing more suburban white and Republican.
In other words, this is not a valid argument for opposing Hembree for Speaker.