The AP reports Judd Matheny is mulling a run at House Speaker:
The position wields little independent power, and Matheny complained in the interview of being marginalized by other Republican leaders, who he said worked to dilute his key legislative initiatives ranging from loosening gun laws to battling what he perceives as the spread of Islamic law in the United States.
"Other members in our caucus have chosen not to include me in the chain of information and custody of the Legislature," he said. "I feel like I've purposefully been put in a box."
Matheny, 42, said he holds no personal grudge against Harwell, whom he supported in a hard-fought speaker's race in 2010. But Matheny said he wants the Legislature to exert more power within state government and to pursue what he called "our true constitutional principles."
"I just think this body could be more — and do more," he said.
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