Durham opponent: Drop lawsuit, release investigative report

Sam Whitson, a retired Army colonel opposing Rep. Jeremy Durham in the Aug. 4 Republican primary, has criticized the embattled incumbent’s attempt – through a lawsuit — to prevent the release of a months-long investigation into sexual harassment allegations, reports The Tennessean.

The Davidson County Chancery Court will discuss Durham’s motion Tuesday, just one day before a special Tennessee House committee could receive the final investigative report from Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

“Like Hillary Clinton, Jeremy Durham has been the focus of near-constant investigations. Because I’m running a positive, message-driven campaign, I’ve tried my best to avoid discussing the many allegations made against Rep. Durham,” Whitson said in a news release.

“With near constant phone calls from constituents and inquiries from reporters about the matter, I feel obliged to respond to the latest distraction involving Rep. Durham. Although on many occasions Rep. Durham has professed his innocence, he is now trying to delay the release of the special committee’s findings through a lawsuit,” he said.

Whitson added: “I firmly believe that the voters of Williamson County deserve to know the results of the investigation and I call on Rep. Durham to drop the lawsuit.”

Note: Durham’s lawyer contends the planned release of the report — shortly before early voting begins — is intended to hurt the incumbent’s prospects for reelection. Previous post HERE.