Groups seek accused legislator’s ouster

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David Byrd

By Stephen Elliott  |  Nashville Post

A coalition of advocacy groups are launching an effort to defeat Republican state Rep. David Byrd, who was accused of sexual misconduct by three former players on the Wayne County High School basketball team he coached.

Indivisible, one of Byrd’s accusers and Democratic Rep. Sherry Jones held a press conference at the Tennessee State Capitol Thursday to announce the effort. The group’s will also canvas in Byrd’s district on Oct. 13.

The Waynesboro Republican faces Democrat Frankie Floied in the November general election. Byrd was unopposed in the general elections in 2014 and 2016.

Students accused Byrd of sexual misconduct when he was high school basketball coach

As WSMV was set to air the allegations against Byrd in March, both House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally asked Byrd to resign, but he declined to do so.

“Conduct over 30 years ago is difficult, at best, to recall, but as a Christian, I have said and I will repeat that if I hurt or emotionally upset any of my students I am truly sorry and apologize,” Byrd said at the time.

Those trying to unseat Byrd have launched a fundraising group affiliated with the national Enough is Enough Project, an effort to prevent the reelection of politicians accused of sexual misconduct.

The Tennessee Journal reported that state Rep. Glen Casada’s fundraising group is running digital ads backing Byrd and decrying “lies & fake news” spread by liberals.

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