Byrd cites coronavirus as reason for about-face on running for re-election

Rep. David Byrd (R-Waynesboro) attends a House Education Committee meeting in Nashville on March 28, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Despite promising Republican House colleagues behind closed doors he wouldn’t seek re-election — and later making similar pledges to the public — state Rep. David Byrd (R-Waynesboro) is seeking another term.

Byrd made the announcement to the Wayne County News, claiming he had heard from “hundreds of constituents” asking him to remain in the House. Byrd, who was deposed as a subcommittee chairman last year amid a drumbeat of protests over allegations of sexual misconduct when he was a high school basketball coach, said the coronavirus pandemic has underscored “the importance of having an experienced legislator to answer the calls, texts, and emails of numerous concerned constituents.”

“For District 71 to have a freshman Representative during this crucial time could definitely result in our rural counties being overlooked in future key legislation that could help our constituents rebound from this devastating pandemic,” Byrd wrote.

12 Responses to Byrd cites coronavirus as reason for about-face on running for re-election

  • John Treadwell says:

    Good Lord.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Don’t let them run you off David!!!! Face your constituents, make your case, and let them decide. By and large democracy is a good thing.

  • LeeAnn C. says:

    Agree with Stuart (happens occasionally). Let the district decide. They already re-elected him with a hefty majority after the allegations were widely publicized. Don’t get in the way of a election process!

    • Lenny says:

      Haggerty gave $1,000 to Al Gore while he was Clinton’s VP. Sethi gave $50 to ActBlue. If ActBlue had existed in 1999, Haggertys money to Gore would have gone through that platform.

  • Tim Skow says:

    We have seen ”STRANGER” than this in TN politics … Just ask those Republicans voting in primaries currently residing in TN-4th District for Congress … OR … Dems who re-elected Tommy Burnett to the Legislature while his fanny was sitting in jail.

  • Beatrice Shaw says:

    Is this one of the men sexing females in Nashville while working?

  • Donna Locke says:

    Byrd should be isolated and ignored in the legislature–the way the legislature ignores E-Verify bills–and his district should be made to realize what happens to their interests when their lawmaker has no influence. This district should be smarter than it has shown itself to be. Wake up. Don’t tolerate people who abuse kids. You can do a whole lot better than this guy.

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