Back in February, Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Jamie Woodson sponsored a resolution bestowing the General Assembly’s official recognition and appreciation upon actor David Keith for being a man “wholly committed to the noble precepts of public service.”
Here’s the “resolving clause” from SJR49:
“Now, therefore, be it resolved that David Keith be recognized and commended for his invaluable efforts in positively impacting the lives of families and children in Tennessee and throughout the nation. We extend our deepest gratitude for his admirable service as Campaign Chairman of the National Association to Protect Children and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Now, as noted by blogger Sean Braisted, it appears that some folks want Democrat Keith’s “future endeavors” to include a run for Knoxville Republican Woodson’s state Senate seat – at least on Facebook.
Woodson, whose resignation is to take effect July 9, has declared she will play no role – privately or publicly – in the election of her successor.
The draft -Keith movement seems a rather far-fetched proposition. But, hey, if you’re into conspiracy theories…. Well, I’m just saying….
The Senate Republican Caucus even put out a press release on the honoring of Keith, including praise from Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett as well as Woodson. It’s available below.
News release from Senate Republican Caucus:
(NASHVILLE, TN), March 1, 2011 – Accomplished movie and television actor David Keith has been honored by passage of a resolution in the Tennessee General Assembly for his efforts on behalf of abused and neglected children. Keith, who is from Knoxville, is Campaign Chairman of the National Association to Protect Children (PROTECT). The resolution is sponsored by Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Jamie Woodson (R-Knoxville) at the suggestion of Knoxville resident and civic activist Randall Allen Webb.
“David has worked tirelessly towards passage of legislation to strengthen Tennessee’s laws against child sexual predators and pornography, and to protect children from abuse,” said Speaker Pro Tempore Woodson. “It was an honor to recognize his contributions in working to protect many vulnerable children in our state.”
Keith worked with legislators in 2004 in a successful effort to reform Tennessee’s laws regarding introduction of evidence in child abuse cases. He led the way to passage of such important legislation as Haley’s Law, which raised most child abuse charges to felonies, added new changes to the code for aggravated child neglect and endangerment and added mandatory life sentences for anyone convicted of child torture in the state.
“David’s efforts were a key factor in the passage of stronger laws in Tennessee to protect children from child abuse and sexual predators,” said Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, who worked with Keith while he served in the Tennessee State Senate on a number of bills to protect children. “He has taken that effort nationwide in working with other states to strengthen their child protection laws. We are vey proud of his strong Knox County roots and his efforts on the behalf of Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens, our children.”
Keith has starred in over eighty Hollywood films, including “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Brubaker,” and “Men of Honor” and has numerous television credits. He began his acting career as a student at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Theater in 1975.
“David Keith is wholly committed to the noble precepts of public service that have earned Tennessee recognition as the “Volunteer State,” and he should be specially honored for his unrivaled efforts on behalf of child protection,” the resolution read. “He should be recognized and commended for his invaluable efforts in positively impacting the lives of families and children in Tennessee and throughout the nation.”