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January 8, 2008

Have they forgotten Briley, Ford, and Cooper already?

Democrats in the legislature seem determined to forget about the drunken incidences involving several of their leaders in the past year. In an article in today's City Paper, Democratic leaders said their members know better than to misbehave:

“My members know not to drink and drive,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle (D-Memphis). “Individual behavior is the responsibility of the individual senator. These are grown men and women, and they will be held accountable for their actions just like the ones who weren’t here were ultimately held accountable for their actions.”

Question for Senator Kyle: Have you forgotten about Senator Cooper's DUI last year? About his wreck while driving drunk? What about Senator Ophelia Ford's drunken antics?

House Majority Leader Gary Odom (D-Nashville) said legislators are “all adults” and they know “what’s right and they know what’s wrong.”

Question for Rep. Odom: Remember Rep. Rob Briley? You know. The one that didn't bother to show up for today's first legislative day. The one who drove drunk, hit a car, fled the scene, vandalized a police car, and refuses to give up his seat in the legislature. Meanwhile, he's doing weekends in the Wilson County jail. You think he knows "what's right" and "what's wrong"?

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