Statement from House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner, D-Old Hickory, and Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley; Aug. 23, 2012:
”We are deeply concerned by the rhetoric coming from former Chairman Jim Summerville. His words show a complete lack of respect and decorum for not only Representative Barbara Cooper, but the entire Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus. There is no place in the General Assembly and the public discourse for this kind of foul and offensive remark.
It is disappointing to know that someone with such antiquated views holds any position of leadership in the General Assembly. Given these highly offensive remarks, we are calling on Senator Summerville to issue a full written apology to Representative Cooper and the Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus. Anything short of that is beneath the dignity of this body.”