Thursday, January 22, 2009

Kelsey-Williams Spat Continues

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Representative Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) released the following statement today from his law office in Memphis:

"For the Speaker [Kent Williams] to go ahead and appoint the members of the Ethics Committee, knowing that they will be hearing a pending complaint against him shows a further lack of ethical judgment. It's a clear conflict of interest for the Speaker to hand-pick all his own jurors."

Kelsey filed an Ethics Complaint yesterday against Speaker of the House Kent Williams for Williams's acts of sexual harassment and for making a false statement to the public regarding the allegations. Kelsey's complaint included a motion that that the Speaker recuse himself from the appointment of the Ethics Committee and instead allow Leaders Odom and Mumpower to appoint the members of the Ethics Committee, each appointing members from his own party caucus in equal numbers. Instead, this morning Speaker Williams appointed the members of the committee himself. The Ethics Committee will be charged with holding a hearing on the Ethics Complaint filed against Williams.

For more, read Jackson Baker's Politics column.

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