TNDP CHAIR CALLS ON GOVERNOR BILL LEE AND REPUBLICAN SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE CAMERON SEXTON TO PREVENT A SEXUAL PREDATOR RUNNING FOR OFFICE

APRIL 1ST, 2020 (Nashville, TN) – After being accused of sexual assault by three women, Republican Representative David Byrd said he would not run for office. While Republican leadership sat back idly and did nothing, Byrd has now announced his decision to run again. 

“Last year, Governor Bill Lee, along with Republican Speaker Cameron Sexton and the entire GOP caucus, implicitly condoned Representative David Byrd’s sexual assault of three 15 to 16 year olds when they refused to take even the smallest action and ask him to resign. Governor Lee said that even though he believed the victim, he wouldn’t take definitive action. It’s clear that David Byrd is not taking personal responsibility for his actions and that leaders in his own party have to make him do the right thing. 

Today, the first day of sexual assault awareness month, and every day the Tennessee Democratic Party stands with the victims of  of sexual assault. We also ask Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee Republican Party to take immediate action and ask Representative Byrd to resign. If they refuse, they will be sending a clear message to the victims that they do not take sexual assault seriously. It shows the entire state just how little Republicans value the lives and safety of vulnerable Tennesseans.” – Mary Mancini, TNDP Chair