Casada’s PAC running ad defending Rep. Byrd as victim of ‘fake news’

State Rep. Glen Casada is running digital ads in support of Rep. David Byrd’s re-election campaign, likening him to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and President Donald Trump and saying the lawmaker is the victim of “lies & fake news” spread by liberals.

Stand with Coach DAVID BYRD for State House!

What does Representative DAVID BYRD have in common with President Trump & Judge Brett Kavanaugh? They’re all being attacked by unhinged liberals & FAKE NEWS with false accusations because they’re fighting for our conservative agenda! Don't buy their desperate lies…

Posted by Keep Tennessee Republican on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Three women alleged in March report by WSMV-TV that Byrd (R-Waynesboro) had inappropriately touched and kissed them as teenagers while he was their 28-year-old high school basketball coach. One of the women secretly recorded a telephone call to Byrd in which he apologized and told her how “hard it has been for me” to live with his actions with the woman who was a 15-year-old student at the time.

House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) promptly called for Byrd’s resignation. Senate Speaker Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) soon followed suit. Byrd issued a statement after the story broke, stating that he has done nothing wrong over his two terms as a state representative and expressing disappointment that Harwell “so quickly turned her back on me.”

Byrd’s image wasn’t helped by revelations that he served as a character witness in 2013 for a family friend who as a 23-year-old teacher pleaded guilty to statutory rape of a 16-year-old student. WSMV reported that Byrd, then the principal of Wayne County High School, told the court that he believed the defendant had learned his lesson and that he would “hire him in a minute” if he were able to teach again.

The AP reports that a national political action committee aimed at preventing politicians accused of sexual misconduct from being re-elected is now targeting Byrd.

9 Responses to Casada’s PAC running ad defending Rep. Byrd as victim of ‘fake news’

  • David Collins says:

    This fake news BS is getting a bit old. If he thinks that the media cannot back up its story–sue them for slander. After all, the only defense is that what they said was true. If it not true, why not sue them.

    • MarLE says:

      It’s not just a bit old, it’s really frightening in terms of the mindless buy-in. George Orwell, the great prognosticator, showed the power of slogan usage in the written barnyard message…Four legs good; two legs bad. We already have cemented in this last revision (Marsha and Trump’s) of the tax code that some taxpayers are more equal than others.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    You can’t sue someone over slandering a public official. It’s virtually impossible. You have to fight back-toe to toe-like the Republicans should be doing in DC

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    As I recall a public figure can sue the media for slander, however, in order to be successful they have to show more than the fact that what was said or printed is false. In order to protect freedom of the press the Supreme Court has established that the plaintiff has a higher burden of proof such as proving a reckless disregard for the truth. Bottom line, as a practical matter Phil is correct, it is almost impossible to successfully sue the media if you are a public figure.

  • James White says:

    State Rep. Glen Casada is the issue here. He should resign.

  • Benton Temple says:

    I mean, there’s a phone call that Byrd made to apologize to one of the victims. How more clearly does it need to be that Byrd did SOMETHING.

    This is sick, Glen.

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  • Donna Locke says:

    Bellwether. Yet another factor in the beginning of the end of the Republicans. The Republicans have now advanced two lying predators to the U.S. Supreme Court. I hope Kavanaugh won’t make it.

    No candidate, Republican or Democrat, can win without women and Independents. As an Independent and a woman, I decided recently to abandon the Republicans as a lost cause. As a law-and-order, limited-government, fiscal conservative, as a feminist and a supporter of civil rights and all individual freedoms, I’ve been doing triage at the polls. In the future, including this year, I will no longer vote in some races if no candidate really represents me and is worth it.

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