7 Republicans decline to sign state House letter demanding litigation over presidential election

The House meets at the state Capitol in Nashville on June 1, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The House Republican Caucus is getting in on the letter-writing campaign to support President Donald Trump’s lawsuits over having the outcome of the presidential election called against him.

“When there are alleged software glitches, lost or destroyed ballots, and questionable practices implemented in some areas of the country, litigation must have a day in court to decide the outcome of this election process,” according to the letter signed by 66 of 73 House members.

Just as with an earlier letter written by state Senate Republicans, there were holdouts. Seven members of the lower chamber declined to affix their signatures to the communique: Reps. Michael Curcio of Dickson, Johnny Garrett of Goodlettsville, Patsy Hazlewood of Signal Mountain, Justin Lafferty of Knoxville, Eddie Mannis of Knoxville, Bob Ramsey of Maryville, and Sam Whitson of Franklin.

Here’s the letter:

To all Tennesseans,

The Tennessee House Republican Caucus unequivocally and staunchly stands with President of the United States Donald J. Trump in demanding that all legal ballots, and only legal ballots, be counted in the 2020 presidential election.

Voting is one of the most fundamental pieces of our American republic. One person equals one vote in a system that grants justice and equality for all in deciding our government. In an election where there are alleged examples of voter fraud and malpractice, Tennessee Republicans stand with the rule of law.

We shall not accept the idea that the national media or the political elite have the official say on the winner of any election, let alone the presidency. It is up to the official systems put in place by the constitution and by the people. When there are alleged software glitches, lost or destroyed ballots, and questionable practices implemented in some areas of the country, litigation must have a day in court to decide the outcome of this election process.

We uphold the idea of protecting the rights of all Americans, liberal or conservative, to have their voices heard. After all legal ballots are counted and any illegal ballots are removed, we support confirming the victor. A peaceful transition to the next term, whether it be the incumbent or the challenger, is paramount to our system of government.

We stand with all Tennesseans in defending the integrity of elections. We are asking for the election process to have the ability to finish before prematurely declaring a winner.

It matters who governs,

/signed/
Speaker Cameron Sexton
Chairman Jeremy Faison
Leader William Lamberth
Rebecca Alexander
Charlie Baum
Clark Boyd
Rush Bricken
David Byrd
Kent Calfee
Scotty Campbell
Dale Carr
Michele Carringer
Mike Carter
Glen Casada
Scott Cepicky
Mark Cochran
John Crawford
Tandy Darby
Clay Doggett
Rick Eldridge
Andrew Farmer
Ron Gant
John Gillespie
Bruce Griffey
Rusty Grills
Curtis Halford
Mark Hall
Kirk Haston
David Hawk
Esther Helton
Gary Hicks
Tim Hicks
John Holsclaw
Dan Howell
Bud Hulsey
Chris Hurt
Curtis Johnson
Kelly Keisling
Sabi Kumar
Tom Leatherwood
Mary Littleton
Susan Lynn
Pat Marsh
Debra Moody
Jerome Moon
Brandon Ogles
Dennis Powers
John Ragan
Jay Reedy
Tim Rudd
Iris Rudder
Lowell Russell
Jerry Sexton
Paul Sherrell
Robin Smith
Mike Sparks
Bryan Terry
Chris Todd
Ron Travis
Kevin Vaughan
Todd Warner
Terri Lynn Weaver
Mark White
Ryan Williams
Dave Wright
Jason Zachary
 

82 Responses to 7 Republicans decline to sign state House letter demanding litigation over presidential election

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    Bill Poppen says:

    This seems pretty redundant! Don’t we have current issues in Tennessee that they were elected to address? Do your jobs and stay out of national issue. We have a slate of elected officials to attend to those matters. PS. We have a Covid crisis on our hands and the people of Tennessee need you to do all you can to lessen the impact on our citizens.

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      Beatrice Shaw says:

      AMEN!!!!

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      Leeann C says:

      Read the letter.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      A bit over the top don’t you think, Bill? They signed a lousy letter! Do you really think signing a letter takes them away from “. . .current issues in Tennessee that they were elected to address” when the legislature isn’t even in session at the moment or do you not even understand what a member of the General Assembly does as he holds office?

      Now Bill, if it’s simply a case of you suffering from a serious case of liberalism and you are just angry at Republicans in general and nervous about the courts and indeed the public looking too closely at the loosy goosy way the Democratic controlled jurisdictions run election just rear up and say so. We’ll understand! At least you won’t embarrass yourself like you did when you whined about signatories to a letter not doing their jobs.

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        Kim says:

        Stuart,
        Yes there’s levels of everything that needs done, but if you are a Republican, you should support your Republican president. Period!!!

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      Don Turner says:

      What i want to know is why the 7 of them did not sign? What is wrong with you that you do not want an election that is accurate and certifiable? If we allow election fraud to go unchecked, what will be the next thing? Either way. this is just the investigation of the election. We have a Tn state legislature and Bill is correct that it is state in its focus however, state legislatures have many times before voiced their agreement with items at the national level so, this is not out of normal line of business. We need to validate all the legal votes, make sure it is certifiable and then hopefully we can move forward. I think we can all agree that currently, there is not path to election success for either candidate.

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    Misty Pardner says:

    Standing with a sore loser. There are some that signed this letter that are true kool-aid drinkers and the rest understand that the knuckle draggers will use this against them in 18 months. I applaud those seven that have the courage to stand against this nonsense.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I BET YOU DO MISTY! As the good liberal that you are weak wristed Republicrats are a specimen that always gets your applause given we have a two party system and there has to be an opposition party to the increasingly left wing Democratic party. Best that party be house trained and obedient like the seven who wouldn’t even sign a lousy letter supporting efforts to make sure this past election was honest and fair.

      ATTENTION WILLIAMSON COUNTY RESIDENTS. Of course when Republicrats in the General Assembly want to reveal themselves for all to see either by actions or inactions there is a good chance Sam Whitson (ACU-80%) will be included in the bunch. As Williamson receives another seat in the House from redistricting that is soon to take place moving more conservatives into Whitson’s district so we can move Whitson out would be a wonderful outcome. Now if Manny Sethi would just use his influence with the movers and shakers in the Republican Party to be carved into that District. . . .

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        So, the plan is after the republicans “redraw & move some of their voting districts around,” they can get rid of some more of those pesky voters that are just not supporting the criminals in the GOP in TN. Carve “out” the folks you don’t like and carve “in” the folks you want. Sounds like more of the same dirty tricks from the GOP.

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      Christina says:

      Agreed. And sad to see the # of kool-aid drinkers in our legislature. Trump’s own lawyers have not shown admissible evidence of fraud. It’s all a sham to placate Our Dear Leader’s bruised ego.

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      Anonymous says:

      What about us citizens that want a straight answer. Or do you just not care?? Me personally I think this thing should be seei through before any fake media makes a decision they aren’t qualified to make. This seven that didn’t sign in my eyes are undercover Democrats who have a hidden agenda, know the truth, and probably helped rig the election. I’m so tired of communist behavior from the left. You claim to care about Americans but all you want is power and money.

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    David Thomas says:

    This is just about the dumbest thing ever! The race is over and there was no fraud! We have real problems in Tennessee to be addressed. This is just an embarrassment!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      “No fraud!” NONE WHATSOEVER. David, I know you have been spending your time traveling around the country doing exhaustive investigations of the matter so you haven’t had time to keep up with the party line so the correct rhetoric to use without embarrassing yourself as an unthinking partisan is “. . .there is not enough fraud or errors to change the result of the election.”

      You’re welcome.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        The only voter fraud found so far in any state is ONE woman who came forward yesterday and admitted that she voted twice for trump and reminded people that trump “asked his supporters to do that.” This nonsense about voter fraud is just more of the same distraction tactics from the GOP.

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          James White says:

          Well you will not hear of any fraud because even as many have filed charges, the media will not report on it, they even cut off anyone that tells you about filing in court charges of illegal voting and fraud.

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        David Thomas says:

        Can you point to one case, Stuart? After dozens of frivolous lawsuits, they can’t get even one to stick! Trump’s own Cyber-Security Czar says it was the most secure election in our history. Face it, Trump lost in a “landslide”. (By the way, those are his words from 2016).

        The Republican Party is now just the Worshipers of Trump. But on Jan.21st he will become just another crackpot on the Internet!

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        Anonymous says:

        There is if those fake votes are tossed out and they find the hundreds of thousands of votes cast for Beijing Biden that were supposed to be for Trump. Our true president. You’re spewing left wing crazy nonsense you have done no investigating of your own. I say see it through before you let your fake media make calls about an election they’re not qualified to call especially when they’re all leftists anyway. You’re just as bad as the communists you voted for have fun watching each and every one of them get the justice they deserve. I hope they start with AOC and end with skelators sister Pelosi the old hag and Harris and Beijing Biden the pedophile.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    The Republicans, backed by the NRA, KKK and Proud Boys are really unsettling the average American.

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      marshwill15 says:

      The average American has been unsettled for some time by BLM, Antifa, radical Socialists, Marxists. Joe Biden MIGHT be strong enough to stay away from them and resist their efforts to destroy the country but it is not likely.

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        Anonymous says:

        Beijing Biden is on their side he’s going to help them destroy America along with the rest of this democratic commies.

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    Missy S says:

    Love the name calling: Knuckle draggers, sore losers, koolaide drinkers, kkk. That dialogue will unite us!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Great point Missy!!! Yes indeed, our left wing friends are all for unity if those on the right would just behave and go along to get along, obedient and housetrained like the seven good little Republicans who couldn’t bestir themselves to sign that letter.

      WELL THEY CAN FORGET IT! For the last four years the left has taught us how to act in opposition and while we can never duplicate their control of the media and the other levers of power in our society to duplicate their vitriol WE SURE AS HELL ARE GOING TO TRY!

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        MARLE says:

        They are just parroting the discourse that Republicans have demonstrated they LOVE for these last 5 years. The more derogatory, the better. They seem to be simply trying to speak in the vernacular the right prefers and which resonates with them.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          So your point is that the left are high-minded soft spoken intellectual angels and they are just stooping to talk ugly gutter “. . .vernacular the right prefers and which resonates with them.” MARLE you have been a searing Trumpphobe for a long time and you seem to have thoroughly enjoyed that role but now that Trump is gone I hope you don’t turn your negative attention EXCLUSIVELY on the right and Republicans who, if I recall, are the ones who usually receive your vote.

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            MARLE says:

            The current crop of sycophants which includes Graham and Cruz are a lost cause. I am trying to figure out what their end game is? Encourage Trump to run in 2024 and take one of them for VP to succeed him?

            SAY he’ll run and gather tons of campaign war chest to turn over to one of them in their run (taking Ivanka as VP)?

            Or SAY he’ll run and then all the Trump children Plus Graham and Cruz profit Big Time, as Trump would say, selling access and influence with the “future re-cycled president”. It worked to put 100’s of Millions into the Clinton Foundation in spite of the fact that she never became president.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            You have a tendency to overthink things and when you do I think you should simply apply Occam’s razor principle to solve the problem. Agree with them or not Trumpidians are at this time the most coherent, if not the largest, group in the coalition that makes up the Republican Party. Their allegiance and enthusiasm for any Republican politician for any race he may run in the future is a valuable thing to have. That’s their “end game” in true Occam’s razor principle explanation, it’s as simple as that.

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            MARLE says:

            He is a Loser. A rare Loser. Virtually NO president is defeated in his bid for second term. Only one Republican in the last 70 years. There is no profile in courage for standing by a person who delivered a great stock market and 401K (albeit with 7 T in debt to do so) but did so in such a way that he became a Loser, a rare Loser

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            You know that, and I know that and Cruz (Princeton, AB, Harvard, JD) knows that BUT THE TRUMPIDIANS LUV HIM and that’s all that matters. In politics its quantity rather than quality that counts and if you come from Texas or South Carolina, especially if you have your eye on the Republican nomination for President, that’s all that counts.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            I’ll never forget watching Gerald Ford commit political suicide during his debate with Jimmy Carter when this Republican genius in the middle of the Cold War insisted that Poland, a member of the Warsaw Pact, was a free and independent country. Similarly, now I will never forget how, in this past election, when all eyes tuned into that first debate and the small but crucial handful of undecided voters were tuning to finally see both candidates side by side President Blowhard turned to the cameras and all but said, “You’ve heard that I am a jerk, well tonight I am going to dispel any uncertainties you might still have about that matter. . .just watch this.”

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            MARLE says:

            Those were the good ole days when thinking Poland was free meant you were a moron. Now you’re a stable genius when at a podium broadcasting to the world you asked if perhaps injecting bleach, “like a cleansing of some kind”, could be a reasonable antidote to Covid.

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          MARLE says:

          No I’m saying that for a Trump supporter to be offended or bother to scold anyone for the words that were in that comment is rich.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Remember which party has controlled the WH and the Senate the past four years? Look at the current disaster in our country and you want to talk about “teaching the opposition how to act?

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    steve cates says:

    What my four reps should be doing instead of this useless exercise, is working to expand medicaid in TN!! That’s been overdue for positive action by republicans in the state house and senate for the last eight years!!!! In the meantime, they enjoy excellent insurance while about 300,000 of our fellow Tennesseans do without!!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Come on Steve, there must be additional liberal policy enthusiasms that have been roundly rejected by the Tennessee electorate in voting for the Republican super majority that you would like the General Assembly to consider.

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    Benton Temple says:

    Good for these 7 members. Trump lost. It’s time to move on and start the process of winning in 2024 with a new candidate.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      It’s all about walking while at the same time chewing gum Benton which, I think, Republicans, if they really concentrate, are capable of doing. As for 2024, indeed let’s start considering the possibilities now so we end up with a full throated conservative nominee. I like Cruz (Heritage-91%) again and Josh Hawley (Heritage-92%). Unfortunately, both are up again 2024 so they will have to give up their Senate seats in order to run.

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        MARLE says:

        Politicians aren’t really that good at chewing gum OR at walking (or tons of other things) let alone doing them at the same time. Competence is not a strong trait. KISS

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    MARLE says:

    Had Trump kept the White, male, college-educated who voted for him in 2016 he would have won. They voted for Biden but continued to support Republicans down-ballot. HE, not Republicans, lost voter confidence.

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    Jane says:

    Please do not include me when you say you stand with all Tennesseans. You do not stand with me as I support our new president and the will of the people, which has been demonstrated already with the election results!

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    Charles says:

    How farcicle! Lapdogs of Trump and those fearful of his retribution keep the conspiracy theories and the illusion of massive fraud alive. This does not add to unifying our country. In 2016 many of us sucked it up and trusted that Trump couldn’t be that bad. We were so WRONG! Now it is time for Republicans to suck it up and help the country heal.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I know you have a handful of bandages ointments right now, but when you put them down as part of your “healing” mission when you get through instructing Republicans as to what to do to “heal” the country you might turn your attention to your leftist friends. You see, making a list of Trump officials, sympathetic journalists, contributors, or proposing a “Truth and Reconciliation Forum” for future retribution doesn’t contribute to “healing.” Revising American history so as to emphasize the warts of men who accomplished truly great things does lead to “healing.” Indoctrinating children in government schools in leftist ideology and world vision to the exclusion of contra arguments so they come home parroting Democratic Party talking points doesn’t give parents and grandparents the feeling that there is “healing” going on. Excluding conservative arguments from most on air, print, and social media makes those on the right feel that this country is imposing a state religion rather than “healing.”

      “Healing” is a two way street don’t you know. Charlesm you’ve got your work cut out for you. Best of luck.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Seems like we have yet another call for some of that healing you spoke about Charles. I just read that the law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris and Arthur LLC filed that they were withdrawing as counsel for the Trump campaign in its lawsuit seeking to bloc Pennsylvania from certifying its vote. No reason was given for the withdrawal. It turns out that the leftist “Lincoln Project” tweeted the names, addresses, telephone numbers and pictures of the two lawyers who signed the complaint encouraging their fellow leftist authoritarians to harass them so the lawyers obviously lost their nerves.

      Every conceivable felon, no matter how heinous the crime, is unquestionably entitled to counsel, and often the best white shoe counsel at that, but apparently according to the far left, not Donald Trump. Charles I suggest you “suck it up” again and speak to the members of the “Lincoln Project” ASAP and address them the same way you addressed the Republicans. Leftist harassment and intimidation ain’t no way to have “healing.”

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    John Gentry says:

    I gave them the answer on how to do this properly.
    Thank you for taking time to speak with me yesterday evening. Per your request, please see below recommendation for MEMORIAL & REMONSTRANCE.

    We cannot sit idle in Tennessee while President Trump and his attorneys fight in courts, to preserve a fair election.

    I know in my heart that we must do everything we can to ensure election integrity across this republic. As Senator Lindsey Graham stated, if we do not ensure the integrity of this election, we may never again see a republican in the oval office. Moreover, conservatives across our republic who came out to vote in record numbers will lose hope of ever having a fair election again.

    I vehemently encourage the Republican Members of the houses to take stand and draft a Memorial & Remonstrance (petition), present that remonstrance to members of the United States House of Representatives & Senate whom “shall sign it, deliver it to the Clerk…”

    A Memorial is “A document presented to a legislative body or to the executive, by one or more individuals, containing a petition or a representation of facts.” Black’s Law Dictionary Fifth Ed. (888). A Remonstrance is a representation made to a court or legislative body wherein certain persons unite in urging that a contemplated measure be not adopted or passed. A formal protest against the policy or conduct of the government or of certain officials drawn up and presented by aggrieved citizens. (Id 1164)

    Pursuant to RULES of HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, Rule XII, Sect. 3;
    Petitions, memorials, and private bills
    If a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner has a petition, memorial, or private bill to present, the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner shall sign it, deliver it to the Clerk, and may specify the reference or disposition to be made thereof.

    Pursuant to Standing Rules Of The Senate, U.S. Congress; Rule IV, Section 1(c);
    The proceedings of the Senate shall be briefly and accurately stated on the Journal. Messages of the President in full; titles of bills and resolutions, and such parts as shall be affected by proposed amendments; every vote, and a brief statement of the contents of each petition, memorial, or paper presented to the Senate, shall be entered.

    Also, pursuant to Standing Rules Of The Senate, U.S. Congress; Rule VII, Section 1;
    On each legislative day after the Journal is read, the Presiding Officer on demand of any Senator shall lay before the Senate messages from the President, reports and communications from the heads of Departments, and other communications addressed to the Senate, and such bills, joint resolutions, and other messages from the House of Representatives as may remain upon his table from any previous day’s session undisposed of. The Presiding Officer on demand of any Senator shall then call for, in the following order:
    The presentation of petitions and memorials.
    Reports of committees.
    The introduction of bills and joint resolutions.
    The submission of other resolutions.
    All of which shall be received and disposed of in such order, unless unanimous consent shall be otherwise given, with newly offered resolutions being called for before resolutions coming over from a previous legislative day are laid before the Senate.

    Also, pursuant to Standing Rules Of The Senate, U.S. Congress; Rule VII, Section 4;
    Petitions or memorials shall be referred, without debate, to the appropriate committee according to subject matter on the same basis as bills and resolutions, if signed by the petitioner or memorialist. A question of receiving or reference may be raised and determined without debate. But no petition or memorial or other paper signed by citizens or subjects of a foreign power shall be received, unless the same be transmitted to the Senate by the President.

    I am sure President Trump would be pleased to sign your Memorial & Remonstrance and transmit it to the Senate. I am confident President Trump would be honored that Tennessee Republicans are taking stand with him in the houses.

    Imagine how powerful that would be to have a Memorial & Remonstrance” signed by our republican governor and all republican Tennessee Senators and Representatives. Tennessee republicans would mark their name in history, very likely make national news, and lead this nation in preserving election integrity of our president.

    This Memorial & Remonstrance would make guarantee demand pursuant to the Constitution of the United States, Article IV, Section 4 which provides that; “The United States shall guarantee every state a republican form of government.” It cannot be denied that a republican form of government must include confidence in election integrity.

    The right of the Republican Members and Governor to remonstrate to the United States Congress is guaranteed in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and is provided for in House and Senate Rules.

    The grievance stated is that votes of Tennesseans may have been nullified by voting irregularities, and perhaps fraud occurring in other states, evidencing those states no longer republican in character.

    The redress sought must include an audit of ballots cast in states where President Trump has questioned election integrity, a full audit if irregularities are found, and that U.S. Congress issue order upon affected states or their election commissions to perform such audit prior to certification. I recommend audit by Certified Public Accountants overseen by partisan citizens.

    Moreover, I know action like this will restore power to our legislative houses; state and federal, and that our courts are not the only forum in which to seek justice.

    The process I suggest; Draft the Memorial & Remonstrance, all republican Members of the Tennessee House and Senate should sign as co-petitioners. Present the Memorial & Remonstrance to all republican Tennessee Members of the U.S. House of Representatives whom shall sign it and deliver it to the Clerk of U.S. House of Representatives. Also Present the Memorial & Remonstrance to Senator Blackburn, whom shall sign it and deliver it to President Trump who shall also sign it and transmit it to the Clerk of the U.S. Senate.

    God Bless, God’s speed to us all, and In God We Trust.

    Respectfully,

    John A Gentry, CPA

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Real nice John, but why don’t you consistently capitalize “Republican”? You manage to consistently capitalize other proper nouns but not that one. Is there some deep psychological or political message that you are sending that is simply going over my head?

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        John speaks like a true republican, rambling on and on about nonsensical topics. There must be some slight shred of evidence to make a case. There is NO proof of any sort about voter fraud. Get back to reality and give up this whining.

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      Phillip Lassiter says:

      Gov does not have guts. Biden will cut off his refugee money, tax him more for online gaming and quit executing people. All things Gov against

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    Gail McPeak says:

    OMG! A bigger, condescending, blowhard than Stuart! Be still my beating heart!

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      Jane says:

      They don’t realize that women voters outnumber men. They also probably don’t know that the number of female college graduates passed the number of male college graduates in 2014 and is steadily growing faster than men. Or maybe they’re just in denial, like they are with this election result.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        “They” know that to be the case Jane, and “they” can only harken back to the observation of the erudite Ann Coulter who observed that throughout history when societies became matriarchies things really started to go to hell.

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          Jane says:

          I was talking about you Stu, so it should be ‘we’. I think you need an upgrade. What do they have in you, Windows 98?

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            You are hard to understand June. If you are talking about me but you use the third person plural “they” that can’t be right. Who has what in me and what difference does the version of Windows I use have regarding any of this. I am beginning to understand exactly why your patterns of thinking almost inevitably cause you to be a leftist.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Oh, I see you were not just speaking about me, but about John as well. By all means June substitute “we” for “they” but the wisdom of Ann Coulter’s observation stands.

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            Jane says:

            Ironic then you would bring up the inferiority of women, including making sure your wife is a rightist submissive. Ann Coulter really? That’s your go to? Do you think she speaks for women??? How about Ayn Rand? She’s definitely a Republican in this scenario.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Ann Coulter doesn’t claim to “speak for” anyone other than Ann Coulter. She’s simply a highly intelligent, educated woman who, like so many conservative women, has a droll sense of humor so EVERYONE should find what she says thought provoking and entertaining.

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          MARLE says:

          You clearly don’t know what a matriarchal society is, Stuart. And most likely Ann Coulter doesn’t either unless her “observations” are of “countries” centuries ago.

          And this same Ann Coulter predicted that Legal Hispanics would overwhelmingly reject those who had jumped the line and insist we deport them. To the contrary, Legal Hispanics have prospered greatly from the increased presence of those who don’t speak the language. It has made their bi-linqual skill set that puts them in line for countless jobs and promotions. Ann Coulter has been lost her luster and that is why you rarely hear her annoying nasal voice these days.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Ann’s main gig is writing a syndicated column and best selling books. Her tell it like it is style is, I’m afraid, in this age of hyper-sensitivity, humorlessness, virulent snowfakeism a bit much for mainstream over the air or cable media which is mire an indication of our societal illness rather than any problem with Ann.

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            Jane says:

            You baffle me Stu. You quoted Coulter saying women were miserable leaders. Was that a joke? It’s offensive, sincere or a joke. Meanwhile you recognize that we have the majority of the vote, we are increasingly educated, ahead of men, generally better informed and wholly capable of compromise?

            How about you join us and congratulate our progress in the last 100 years, instead of harkening back to some radical women who probably thinks women shouldn’t drive a car or wear pants, much less have a say in our leaders or what an extreme thought, actually lead a country? I guess you will have a demo when our new VP starts breaking ties next year. Oh I know that might not happen, but the presidential election has! Join us here in 2020.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            June, I believe today too many people take too much offense too often. This is one of the reasons our society is an increasingly unfun place in which to work and play and it shows a certain societal pathology which should be of concern to all of us.

            As a conservative with libertarian seasoning I have an aversion to dealing with or addressing tribal groups rather than people as individuals. People should simply be judged as individuals. You and others on this forum seem to take some inexplicable satisfaction out of painting some convenient picture out of thin air of people who contribute to this form that you don’t know. This picture is almost always of people who happen to disagree with the painter about something and it is, SUPRISE, not a pretty picture.

            Our new VP is a California leftist who if left to her own devices would contribute to the further deterioration of this country as a free market capitalist country of free self-sufficient people. Hopefully she won’t get anywhere near power because Biden can stick it out for two years before the Republican gain complete control of Congress in the 2022 elections to further limit the damage this administration can do for its remaining two years. The fact that our Vice President will be non-Caucasian woman is one of the least interesting facts about this dreadful administration that is about to be inflicted on us.

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            MARLE says:

            When your tell it like it is style is used to offer flawed hypotheses then it isn’t really all that impressive or useful. She wrote an entire book offering the position that illegal immigration was going to get EASY opposition from many quarters especially from Legal Hispanic immigrants and her whole premise…as we can see during the decade+ of her musings…has not come to pass even under Trump who has done little for deportation and Nothing to limit dreamers and their constant demand for total amnesty for the parents who brought them here.
            Hell, even Ms Marsha only wants to deport those with serious criminal records (not petty ones like fraud, illegal entry etc).

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            The Biden administration will be entirely indebted to the cheap labor lobby and the alien interest groups so we can expect over the next four years whatever progress that has been made on stemming the flow of unneeded, unskilled difficult to assimilate aliens from underdeveloped countries to be reversed. We will, I’m afraid, look back on the Trump administration and its anemic response to illegal and legal immigration as the golden age immigration law enforcement.

            If I were the Republicans I would heighten the publicity every attack some lady suffers at the hands of an immigrant as part of an ongoing effort to break the love affair between college educated women in this country and liberal romanticism about immigration and other matters. Of course, the Chamber wouldn’t like that, and it would involve Republican placeholders leaving the tall grass for just a bit, so I guess I should forget that.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      That response saddens me Gail. I was born, raised and went to college in very liberal communities so all my life I wanted to appeal to liberal women. NOT TO MARRY, HEAVEN KNOWS, but rather to be “close friends” for every conservative man knows that while liberal women are often an ungodly pain in the ass, if they kinda, sorta like you, with a much lower degree of intense feeling than might be the case with conservative women, certain “fringe benefits” from the relationship were there to be had.

      I must admit, however, that despite my best efforts I was often not successful in this quest. To find that I have now been unsuccessful in pleasing you Gail brings back some unwanted memories and makes me sad.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        You don’t like blacks, poor people, liberals or any women. Is that what it takes to get one of them there high-flying heritage scores these days?

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    No surprise these 7 didn’t sign. Especially Curcio

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    Jane says:

    Offensive: repugnant to the moral sense, good taste, or the like; insulting. Example: Ann Coulter

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      Phillip Lassiter says:

      You’re right. Curcio kinda like a lib Coulter Good observation

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Why are you picking on Curcio (ACU-87%), who obviously is not a liberal, nor for that matter is Ann Coulter? Aren’t there already too many liberals without your conjuring up others who are actually conservatives?

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    Jane says:

    Phillip are you angry about something? 80 million something? 306 something?

  • What a pathetic letter – if you can call it that. It’s a recording of Trump and his lies and his use of attempting control through fear. So, most of Nashville is follow the strings – you know be a puppet and worse.

    Thanks to the 7 who had some sense and thanks to former Governor Haslam for acknowledging Trump needs to concede. What’s the matter with the rest of those who can’t get their act together?

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    At least there are 7 decent, non deplorables

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    Don Jenkins says:

    Good letter. Can not see how anyone should be offended by such. But reading comments above I do see quite a few folks that are of the “hand-out-crowd”. Mr. Anderson, not sure why you bother to respond to such drivel. By the way, there is no President Elect (or VP elect) yet, since not a single delegate vote has been cast—-Dec 14. And, to the deniers of voter fraud, I guess your heads are in-the-sand. Which is probably why you voted for the Biden ticket. Lastly, the 7 Republicans that did not sign the letter are more appropriately labeled RINO’s and I hope they are “primaried” by true conservatives in due time.

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      MARLE says:

      In 2016, Don, Trump won White, college-educated males by +14. THis very same group, in 2020, he won by +1. These are not, by definition, those with their hands out. More likely they are the ones who would face higher taxes under Biden. And they were not the crowd covering their ears at Trump’s crude and crass remarks as they got a strong dose of that in the campaign cycle but Voted for him anyway.

      How do you, Don, explain this group dropping a whopping 13 points AWAY from Trump during his 4 year term. They still voted by and large for Rep down-ballot. These are Dems. They aren’t disengaged. They aren’t hyper-sensitive. They aren’t against Rep policies. BUT they left Trump and it cost him the election.

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    Don Jenkins says:

    Your stats are wrong. 73 million voters voted for Trump.

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      MARLE says:

      Yes….more voted than in 2016. But not more in the white college-educated male category AS A PERCENTAGE. +14 indicates a percentage. It doesn’t mean 14 votes. Trump saw a significant decline in the PercentAGE OF white, college-age, males compared to his Percentage of that group in 2016.

      White suburban women did not shift their vote in the way White College-educated Males did.

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    James White says:

    Over 2,600 ballots in Floyd County, Georgia, that were not counted in the state’s original vote tally were discovered amid the recount, giving a slight boost to President Trump.

    According to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffenspberger, the problem lay with the Floyd County election officials who failed to upload votes from a memory card in a ballot-scanning machine.

    The incident marked the biggest issue found so far during Georgia’s hand recount and audit. Floyd County Republican Party chair Luke Martin called the mishap “concerning” but insisted that it “doesn’t appear to be a widespread issue.”

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