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Posted by: Kate Prince on Oct 16, 2020

State Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, is under fire for comments he made regarding “inner city” obesity and the local police department during an interview with Chattanooga’s News Channel 9, the Associated Press reports. “The obesity rate in the inner city is bigger than anywhere else. Because ... they go to a 7-Eleven or a convenience store, there’s fried chicken so they get them some fried chicken on the way home and have dinner on that. Well, that’s the worst thing you can eat,” Gardenhire, who is white, said during the interview. Gardenhire also briefly suggested that a police officer should not arrest a person caught driving drunk, but should instead drive that individual home if the officer knows the person. Senate Speaker Randy McNally defended Gardenhire, saying his “candid style often leads to misunderstanding and misinterpretation.” “I am confident he did not intend any offense or disrespect,” McNally said.