Durham: Harwell had ‘a passion to get rid of me’

The Tennessean has published a transcript of Rep. Jeremy Durham’s statement to the media on Thursday. An excerpt:

At this time, I also want to be clear that I never engaged in any sexual contact with any of the individuals in the report, nor did I attempt sexual contact with any of the individuals in the report.

Had this investigation remotely resembled any legitimate court of law, I would have been able to specifically understand the allegations against me, understand who made the allegations, present my own evidence, cross-examine witnesses and successfully refute most of the testimony.

But I was purposely never given that opportunity until after the report had been released.

Instead, Speaker Harwell ensured that I was tried and convicted in the court of public opinion before I could even read the report. Her passion to get rid of me has been completely consistent since December. I hope my fellow independent thinkers in the House understand that I might not be the last person to be deprived of due process.

Let me be clear by reiterating that I have learned from my mistakes. Right now I’m focused on spending time with my family during what has been a very difficult time for us. But most importantly I love my wife and I must focus on spending time with my family.

Therefore I am suspending my campaign for re-election to the House of Representatives.