Will Tennessee Republicans Protect the Public or Protect Their Own?
NASHVILLE — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester issued a statement Tuesday following the weekend arrest of Republican state Rep. David Hawk, the second GOP committee chairman arrested from the 107th General Assembly.
“Reports of Republican Representative David Hawk being put in jail on domestic assault charges are tragic and unacceptable. What’s nearly as troubling is the fact that Hawk is not the first powerful Republican chairman arrested from this General Assembly.
“While they refused to hold Representative Curry Todd accountable for his dangerous behavior, this time around Speaker Beth Harwell, Leader Gerald McCormick and the Republican Party must force Representative Hawk to resign.
“The Republican Party is faced with a serious crisis of leadership. Domestic violence and criminal behavior by anyone — including elected officials — cannot and will not be tolerated by Tennesseans. Republicans should not tolerate this despicable behavior from their leadership either.
“In Tennessee, we rightfully hold our public officials to a higher standard. If this conduct is brushed under the rug, it sends a strong signal to all Tennesseans that violence against women is acceptable. It is not.
“I challenge Speaker Harwell and the rest of the Republican Leadership to demand Rep. Hawk’s resignation.”