Anger and Betrayal: Power Grab

After criticism and outrage from the Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee members, over proposed changes to terminate the elected Executive Committee, Party officials met with the House Democratic Caucus for an update on the proposed legislature affecting the Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee.

Unlike the initial proposal, the current legislation will not reduce the size of the committee, but would in fact increase it. The legislation, which will be introduced as an amendment to HB898 on Wednesday, proposes the following:

• No change to the 66 members of the Executive Committee that are elected as one man and one woman from each state senate district;

• The House Democratic Leader shall appoint six members to the Executive Committee, two from each of Tennessee’s grand divisions, for a term of two years;

• The Senate Democratic Leader shall appoint six members to the Executive Committee, two from each of Tennessee’s grand divisions, for a term of two years;

• Each U.S. Congressman, if a Democrat, shall serve on the Executive Committee or appoint a member to the Executive Committee;

• Each U.S. Senator, if a Democrat, shall serve on the Executive Committee or appoint a member to the Executive Committee;

• Tennessee’s governor, if a Democrat, shall serve on the Executive Committee or appoint a member to the Executive Committee;

• The Executive Committee may create ex-officio voting positions, provided that the number of such positions shall not exceed nine members.

This attempted power grab by Sen. Finney and Rep. Powell has caused damage to the TNDP. It will take some time before Executive Committee members will be able to trust these two representatives. “I feel betrayed and blindsided by Sen. Finney and Rep. Powell”, the comments and sentiments of many Executive Committee members.




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