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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 7, 2021

Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, on Monday reinstated fellow Republican Rep. Bruce Griffey, R-Paris, to his committee assignments, less than two weeks after stripping them from him. The dispute between Griffey and House leadership seemingly stemmed from Griffey’s unsuccessful effort to call a vote on an immigration bill that had previously failed in a subcommittee, the Nashville Post reports. “I’ve got a little bit of a temper,” Griffey reportedly said after apologizing to leadership. “If I got upset and said something to any members out of frustration or unhappiness, I told everybody I’m sorry if I offended anybody. I didn’t mean to offend anybody.” The speaker’s decision to strip him of his committees raised the ire of his home county Republican Party, which approved a resolution calling on Sexton to resign. Griffey said he was “grateful” for the support but did not coordinate with the group.