Durham likens ouster to ‘medieval beheading’

State Rep. Jeremy Durham tells WKRN-TV via text message that he plans to attend next week’s special session that will include an attempt to remove him from office — if some conditions are met. But it seems those conditions are not what House Speaker Beth Harwell has in mind.

When asked by reporter Chris Bundgaard if he would attend the special session, Durham replied by saying, “If they provide me a legitimate opportunity to present my own evidence and face my accusers, I wouldn’t miss it. But it must be fair.”

Durham also added, “They’re trying to expel someone who’s never been charged with a crime and never been the subject of a human resources complaint. The least they could do is give me a fair trial. Simply giving someone a few last words before a vote is taken on them sounds more like medieval beheading than anything resembling American constructional principles.”

Durham, who was the subject of a scathing state attorney general report where 22 Tennessee Capitol Hill women accused him of sexual harassment, recently lost a primary bid, but he will retain his seat until a replacement is elected in November.

Other lawmakers have voiced their concerns about Durham receiving pension. Pensions begin at the age of 55 and lasts for the rest of the recipient’s life.

Durham’s pension, if he finishes his second term in November, would be worth about $344 per month, or $4,130 per year.

Further, an excerpt from The Tennessean story:

House Speaker Beth Harwell said Durham had his chance.

“What I understand is that the (attorney general) report serves as evidence and he will be given the chance to address the body and that’s it,” she told The Tennessean on Thursday.