In this March 31, 2011 file photo, Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is shown in his office in Nashville, Tenn. The Blountville Republican is dismissing as “silly” any criticism of Texas Gov. Rick Perry for supporting Democrat Al Gore’s presidential bid in 1988. In last year’s governor’s race, Ramsey ran TV ads criticizing the eventual winner, Bill Haslam, for once giving $1,000 to Gore’s 1988 campaign. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is inviting his Republican colleagues to join a discussion with presidential candidate Rick Perry's top political adviser.
Ramsey spokesman Adam Kleinheider confirmed that the invitations for a conference call with Dave Carney were being sent to Republican senators on Friday.
Ramsey, a Blountville auctioneer, last month issued a "strong statement of support" of Perry after what he described as a private meeting with the Texas governor in San Antonio.
The call between the Republican senators and the Perry adviser is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.