TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 14, 2016

State Republicans and Democrats weighed in late yesterday and today with reactions to Rep. Jeremy Durham’s conduct and an investigative committee’s decision not to recommend expulsion of the Franklin Republican. House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, called Durham’s acts “repulsive and unacceptable,” while Lt. Gov. and Senate leader Ron Ramsey called Durham “despicable” and said he would push for a special session to expel him if he wins reelection this fall. Fellow Franklin-area legislators also expressed dismay. GOP Caucus Chairman Glen Casada said Durham “lied to me" and Republican Sen. Jack Johnson called Durham’s actions “abhorrent” and “completely unacceptable.” Democrats began calling last night for a special session to consider Durham’s expulsion, with Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini saying Durham is a “serial sexual harasser.” The Tennessean and Humphrey on the Hill have more.