Political Fallout of Todd’s DUI Arrest Still Unclear

UPDATED: Late Monday afternoon Tennessee House officials issued statements saying Rep. Curry Todd is stepping down as chairman of the State and Local Government Committee.

Todd Resigns Chairmanship in Wake of DUI Arrest

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Governor Bill Haslam says a state lawmaker arrested last week for driving drunk with a loaded gun has called it a “bad mistake” and apologized. It’s still unclear what political consequences might await Representative Curry Todd.

Last week Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, a fellow Republican, said Todd should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. But it’s unclear whether Todd will leave the legislature or seek reelection next year, or if he’ll hang on as chairman of the House committee on state and local government.

Governor Haslam says it’s not his place to decide what happens to Todd. That’s up to House Speaker Beth Harwell, who Haslam says was hosting a golf tournament where he spoke with Todd.

“Just asked him how he was doing. It was purely more of a personal conversation; we didn’t talk about the legislature at all. He said ‘I realize I made a bad mistake and I’m sorry.’”

The representative of a Memphis suburb, Todd has already resigned as head of a task force meant to craft gun bills. But neither he nor Speaker Harwell has yet said whether he’ll remain in charge of the State and Local committee.

A press representative for Harwell has said she won’t announce a decision until after speaking face to face with Todd.

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