Rep. Jay Reedy announces bid for speaker

Rep. Jay Reedy is the latest candidate for succeed Glen Casada as House speaker. In a letter to colleagues, the Erin Republican speaks out against “self indulgence and moral corruption.”

“We turn our backs on our country and family when we come to Capitol Hill and forget why we are elected,” he writes.

Reedy joins Reps. Mike Carter of Ooltewah, Matthew Hill of Jonesborough, and Curtis Johnson of Clarksville as announced candidates for speaker. Others considering bids include Reps. Cameron Sexton of Crossville, Ryan Williams of Cookeville, and Jerry Sexton of Bean Station.

Reedy says he won’t make phone calls or harass member in the campaign for speaker. But he says he looks forward to discussing his bid with colleagues.

Here’s Reedy’s full letter:

Dear Colleagues,

The Eyes of Tennessee are upon us!

Things are forgotten from one generation to the next, which should not be.

It seems that we have forgotten God, Country, and Family. We hold to self-indulgence and moral corruption that goes against Gods Laws. We turn our backs on our country and family when we come to Capitol Hill and forget why we are elected.

The reason that I fought to be elected to HD 74 was to continue my service to God and Country, as I had as an enlisted U.S. Army Soldier and later as a U.S. Army Reserve Officer.

Respect and responsibility require much trust! The trust that we share in the Honorable Tennessee House of Representatives is a must, among the members, for the future of ALL Tennesseans.

Seven Basic Values that I was taught in the Army:

Loyalty – Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit and other soldiers.

Duty – Fulfill your obligations.

Respect – Treat people as they should be treated.

Selfless Service – Put the welfare of the nation, the Army, and your subordinates before your own.

Honor – Live up to all the Army values.

Integrity – Do what’s right, legally and morally.

Personal Courage – Face fear, danger, or adversity (physical or moral).

(I have, will, and will take these values to my end.)

I have the ambition, drive, tenacity, self-confidence, and psychological openness, to continue to be the leader for God, Country, and Family!

The future of all Tennesseans matter!

After much prayers, thoughts, and conversations, I feel obligated to run for the upcoming open- position of Speaker of the House for the remainder of the 111th General Assembly.

I would be honored to have your vote of confidence to serve as your next speaker!


Jay Reedy

PS: I will not be making phone calls and harassing you for your vote. I look forward in speaking/meeting with you to discuss the future goals of the House of Representatives.

8 Responses to Rep. Jay Reedy announces bid for speaker

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    Jason Wallflower says:

    This is a joke, right?

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    Phil Lassiter says:

    No! This guy is the real deal I bet! Need an outsider

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    Cliff Segar says:

    A couple years ago, I made numerous trips to Legislative Plaza and the Cordell Hull building advocating for a bill. Of all the representatives and senators I met with, and I was in every office at least once, Jay is the one who actually took the time to ask enough questions to understand the reasons such a law was needed. Even though it was my representative who “carried” the bill, I firmly believe Jay took the time to comprehend the technical aspects which were needed to make it a good law.
    One thing I have learned in life is that no one person has all the answers. Everyone I, or you meet, is more knowledgeable in some subject that you or I. Jay understands that, and does not hesitate to ask others for their knowledge where he knows he is lacking. That applies to his personal life and is very indicative of how he acts when he goes to Nashville.
    Jay is not my representative, but I have total confidence that he would be the best leader.

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    Lenny says:

    He’s probably better than Krispy Kreme Matthew Hill and his underground Christian Magic Show.

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    Jason Wallflower says:

    I just had to come back and laugh at this. Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

    Ok, carry on.

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