GOP state senators to have "frank discussion" about agenda and Williams, Sen. Jensen says

11/21/2011 07:25 AM

No coup is in the works from within the Republican state Senate caucus but the group will have to have a “frank discussion” about its direction and the leadership of longtime Senate President David Williams, one key GOP senator said.

Sen. Tom Jensen, a London Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Pure Politics last week that senators would likely have that conversation at the caucus’s annual retreat.

In response to a question about rumblings about Williams’ future as the leader of the GOP majority and as Senate president, Jensen said Williams has done great things for the state. But he said Republicans still must have a frank conversation about what they wants to achieve in 2012 — and how best to do it.

Williams’ hold on the chamber as Senate president has come into some doubt for the first time in 12 years in the wake of his 20-point loss in this month’s election for governor.

Williams has said since his concession speech that he will be a better Senate president as a result of the race.

Jensen has been mentioned as a potential successor as Senate president by political observers — including former Courier-Journal political reporter Al Cross and conservative columnist John David Dyche at recent media panel.

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