NASHVILLE — Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester issued the following statement pressing House Speaker Beth Harwell to publicly address the charges against Rep. Curry Todd:
“Based on news reports, Rep. Curry Todd’s actions are embarrassing to himself and the state of Tennessee. House Speaker Beth Harwell would do the entire a state a great service by asking Todd to resign or explain why she condones this unacceptable behavior from Republican leadership.
“It’s discouraging to hear Republican Leader Gerald McCormick quickly dismiss Rep. Todd’s poor judgement, saying he hopes Rep. Todd will retain his committee chairmanship.
“It’s now up to Speaker Harwell. Either she believes Republican leaders deserve special treatment or she believes these actions demand consequences. Rep. Todd’s judgement is no longer question, Speaker Harwell’s, however, is.”
Curry Todd said any gun permit violators should have permits revoked for life. From the March 10, 2010 Judiciary Committee meeting:
Rep. Barrett Rich: “OK, that’s just a pressing question I had and just wanted to make sure that is clear. If you get caught doing something with a handgun permit that you shouldn’t be doing, it’s my personal feeling you shouldn’t have a permit anymore.
Rep. Todd: “It’s my personal feeling that you shouldn’t have it forever, you should just be disbanded from carrying forever if your doing it.”
Rep. Rich: “Yes, sir, I agree.”
Rep. Todd: “I have always said that.”
[House Judiciary Committee, 3/10/10, Clip after 29 minute mark]