Wake me up when September ends? Byrd still mum on re-election plans

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

State Rep. David Byrd (R-Waynesboro) tried to defuze efforts to oust him from the General Assembly during a special session in August by telling GOP colleagues behind closed doors that he wouldn’t run for re-election next year. When confronted by The Tennessean afterward, Byrd declined to confirm anything, saying only he would have a statement about his plans in September.

Well, September has come and gone. And Byrd, who has never publicly addressed sexual misconduct allegations dating back to when he was a girls high school basketball coach, still hasn’t made any public pronouncements. The lawmaker didn’t respond to several efforts by The Tennessean to reach him for comment.

5 Responses to Wake me up when September ends? Byrd still mum on re-election plans

  • Benton Temple says:

    LEAVE! Byrd is a traitor to the GOP and our conservative values. He doesn’t belong anywhere in the public square.

  • Teddy says:

    Whatever happened to due process?

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      There’s no due process possible because of the passage of time since the alleged events occurred that’s why along with due process we have statutes of limitations. Frankly, I’m a sucker for democracy so I have a great idea, why don’t we ignore the muckrakers in The Tennessean and let the voters of the 71st District decide whether they want David Byrd to represent them in the state house.

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