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Stockard on the Stump: Democratic Caucus chair, House Speaker trade barbs in run-up to session – Tennessee Lookout – Tennessee Lookout

The 113th General Assembly is four months away, and Democrats and Republicans are sparring already. Well,  a more realistic term would be street fighting.

To put it lightly, House Democra…….

The 113th General Assembly is four months away, and Democrats and Republicans are sparring already. Well,  a more realistic term would be street fighting.

To put it lightly, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Vincent Dixie is calling House Speaker Cameron Sexton a racist, and Sexton is calling Dixie a liar.

Dixie, who’s no stranger to doling out harsh criticism of House Republicans and Gov. Bill Lee, says colleagues on the other side of the aisle are handling authority no better than they did under House Speaker Glen Casada when his henchmen were using “bill kill lists” and hammering lawmakers for refusing to kiss the ring.

Dixie, a Nashville Democrat, even goes as far as to accuse Sexton and other Republican leaders of bias, racism and bigotry.

“They have never had to deal with a Black man as their equal,” Dixie says.

The one-term chairman claims Sexton and other GOP leaders dismiss him and treat him differently than they did former Democratic Caucus Speaker Mike Stewart.

“Let them show me through their policies they aren’t racists,” Dixie says.

“They have never dealt with a Black man as their equal,” said House Democratic Caucus Chair Vincent Dixie of Nashville, speaking Thursday of House Republicans. (Photo: Sam Stockard)

Dixie’s main contention is that after he sent out a fundraising email accusing majority Republicans of corruption, including awarding their friends no-bid contracts and helping Hillsdale College get a foothold in Tennessee as a charter operator, House Republican Caucus Chairman Jeremy Faison threatened to undermine all Democratic legislation, killing it in committee before it could reach the House floor.

Faison’s email to House Republicans says, “I want you to know this; Vincent and his caucus are choosing to lie in order to raise money against our members. I want you to see this email from Vincent so you will remember it when the Democrats need ‘help in committee.’ We have always tried to be better to the minority party than they were to us when we were in the minority, and that kindness should not be abused.”

Speaker Sexton also fired back at Dixie in a Thursday interview, saying he made blanket statements about the Republican supermajority that are “total lies” in two fundraising emails.

“I would suggest the Democrat Caucus figure out if they need him in that position because he represents their entire caucus,” Sexton said, adding Dixie doesn’t get a “free pass” as caucus chairman. 

Sexton notes that Dixie sent out another …….

Source: https://tennesseelookout.com/2022/09/16/stockard-on-the-stump-democratic-caucus-chair-house-speaker-trade-barbs-in-run-up-to-session/

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