Groups work to unseat Republican state Rep. Byrd following sexual misconduct allegations

Rep. David Byrd (R-Waynesboro) takes a photo during at event in Lawrenceburg on June 4, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

From a press release:

Nashville, Tenn — Indivisible, Women’s March-Power Together TN, and other partner organizations in collaboration with the  #EnoughisEnough Tennessee PAC will attempt to unseat Representative David Byrd (R) in the 2018 election cycle as he stands accused of sexual misconduct by three former high school basketball players whom he coached at Wayne County High School. 

Indivisible, along with Rep. Sherry Jones and one of David Byrd’s accusers will hold a press conference beginning at 1:00 PM Thursday, and a canvass into Rep. Byrd’s district on October 13th to increase local awareness about the campaign. Participating organizations seek to draw a line from the allegations of misconduct at the highest offices with Brett Kavanaugh to the re-election of David Byrd.

WHEN: Thursday, September 27th at 1:00 PM

WHERE: Tennessee Capitol Steps

WHAT: Tennessee women’s and progressive organizations and leaders in the Enough is Enough Tennessee PAC seek to help Tennessee bring closure to the young girls who were victimized by David Byrd by ensuring the public in his district and throughout Tennessee understand the allegations against him and see to it that he no longer serves as a legislator in this state.

 

14 Responses to Groups work to unseat Republican state Rep. Byrd following sexual misconduct allegations

  • Bob says:

    Communist democrats are jumping on the bandwagon and hope to smear another republican running for office.

  • William Upton says:

    Sexual allegations are becoming a badge of honor for politicians. I’m assuming this Byrd is a Republican. Making sexual allegations is the new “favorite thing” for democrats. Frankly I’ve had enough of this whole “me too” movement. It’s a joke and it’s frankly making women look pretty stupid.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Amen. If it’s a current event it’s much more relevant. 30 years ago-not so much.

  • Christina Norris says:

    The two comments above are from creeps who have no concept of what it’s like to be subject to an entitled male’s unwanted advances. Enough is enough. I wait eagerly for the day when the majority of people, regardless of party, want a world where young women are not seen as sexual objects. Would you want your daughter to be coached by an older man who makes sexual comments and touches them in a way that makes them uncomfortable?

  • Christina Norris says:

    Or, as here, kisses them, tells them “you owe me,” and repeatedly touches their genital area? Sadly, this has happens more often than you might imagine. Until men who prey on young girls are exposed and held accountable, it will continue to happen.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Oh come now. With regards to the SupremeCourt nominee, if the FBI can’t find Hillary’s emails, then how can this Government prove beyond a reasonable doubt anything like this truly occurred. By the way, we all abhor this behavior. Your distasteful name calling shows a basic lack of education.

  • William Upton says:

    Let’s get something strait lady, I’m DEPLORABLE and sometimes DESPICABLE but I am NOT a CREEP! All these accusations going on with Kanavaugh has gotten me really fed up. Accusing him of things without any proof or even knowing for sure when and where they took place. Then the Democrats say we should automatically believe the woman! BULL! Women lie just as much as men do and yes I believe some would make up stories of sexual assault if it accomplished their agenda. Don’t tell me to automatically believe the woman.

    It seems too that this business of women always wanting to blame men for their problems in life goes back to them not accepting equality. Women wouldn’t be the only group that has trouble accepting equality. Hillary re-started this battle of the sexes during her campaign since she was totally lost in the past. She must have thought everyone would forget that we fought that battle back in the seventies and women won! Your equal, accept it. Stop using sexual allegations that are 36 years old.

  • David Collins says:

    The burden of proof in a Senate confirmation hearing is not “beyond a reasonable doubt”. That high standard is required only in criminal prosecutions. I would suspect the applicable standard is either a preponderance of the evidence or clear and convincing. Looking for emails is an entirely different endeavor than seeking corroborating evidence of a alleged act. Emails are tangible evidence while corroborating evidence may be physical or oral, direct or circumstantial. It is estimated by the experts in the field of sex abuse that a majority of this type of sexual abuse goes unreported by the victims for fear of not being believed. . . a fear that appears to be, by some of the comments above. . . to be well founded.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      If she carries the burden of introducing facts leading to that lower standard of proof that you mention I think most would be satisfied and shocked. It is worth remembering that our standards of justice is motivated by our feeling that we prefer to see the guilty go free than the innocent be regarded as guilty. A curious fact in all this is that if all these charges against the judge are true he seems to have had a most curious yen for what appears to be exclusively leftist women as a decidedly conservative young man.

      • David Collins says:

        Stuart, you are correct in the lower standards being easier to carry by the accuser and of course the committee could always vote to require the higher standard of beyond a reasonable doubt. It’s just that deliberative bodies outside courts of law rarely do so because the concept of “beyond a reasonable doubt” is so difficult for most people to easily grasp that most opt for a standard that is easier to understand. With regard to his selection (if allegations be true) of “leftist women”, I doubt that philosophical or political leanings of any potential victim was a consideration. Rather, lack of power or ability to effectively resist are more likely to have been considerations.

    • William Upton says:

      I sure as hell don’t believe her 36 years later. After listening to her today I think this was all just a fantasy she has had for the last 36 years and she has talked herself into believing it’s true. It’s all just in her head.

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  • Silence Dogood says:

    After reviewing the information available, her statements, and her testimony I do not find her a credible witness. I also do not see a lifetime of escalating abusive behavior in Judge Kavanaugh’s life. She has no witnesses or corroborating support from others. Believing something is true is not the same as it being true. Building fantasy worlds were she is the victim and powerful successful people are keeping her from success is common in schizophrenia. I feel very bad for this woman. She is clearly reaching out for help. So sad that her family has had to suffer so publicly, too. So sad.

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