Williamson County GOP Leadership, Elected Officials Urge Gov. Lee To Reconsider Special Session (Update 7.26.23)

****Update 7.25.23 – Representative Todd Warner (R-District 92-Chapel Hill) and Senator Joey Hensley (R-District 28-Hohenwald) in addition to several others are now signatories of the letter described below.****

Image Credit: Gov. Bill Lee / Facebook

The Tennessee Conservative Staff –

A coalition of elected Williamson County officials and Williamson County Republican Party Executive Committee members have sent an open letter to Governor Bill Lee appealing with him to reconsider holding a Special Session and to instead wait to reconvene during the General Session to discuss any legislation related to public safety. 

The complete letter can be downloaded HERE.

The text of the letter can be found below:

Dear Governor Lee,

As a coalition of elected officials and community leaders in Williamson County, we are calling on you to reconsider the Special Session currently scheduled for August 21, 2023, and resume discussions about future legislation to create safer schools and communities during the regularly scheduled General Session in January 2024.

Among our main concerns:

• Regarding the tragedy at Covenant School this past March, there is still an ongoing investigation that has unanswered questions. Consequently, we request you allow the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department to complete its work so the public may have a better understanding of the root cause of this tragic event. Tennessee has always been a state at the forefront of embracing the values of Faith, Family, and Freedom. Let us allow for the facts to come forth, so we can ensure we are protecting these values and not inadvertently violating the constitutional rights so many have fought and sacrificed for to make this country and state what it is today.

• Regarding the current timing of the session, most, if not all, of our local public and private school students will have already been back in session for a couple of weeks. At this same time, university students will be preparing to start their fall semesters. After what we witnessed at the State Capitol this past March when activists sought disruption over productive conversations, we believe it would be in the best interest of our students and citizens to avoid what could potentially become a dangerous public safety situation. This is of even greater concern given the recent reports of activists training and preparing to travel to the area to create chaos and intimidate our state legislators.

• Regarding funding needed for the Special Session, do we know how much this will cost Tennessee taxpayers? As a fiscally conservative state government, any additional costs or resources required should be a consideration. This would include additional security, which to our understanding may include bringing back the TN National Guard from the current crisis at our US border.

• Finally, please consider the impact this may have on local law enforcement outside of the metro Nashville area. This would include the Williamson County hotel and hospitality district, as there is sure to be an overflow of individuals traveling from other parts of the state and country. Our law enforcement agencies work hard to keep our communities safe, so let us avoid placing additional stress on their already significant workload.

We encourage you to take time to fully consider the concerns we have presented, and additional time given to our legislators for all the facts of the Covenant tragedy to become known and considered before the next regularly scheduled General Session. This will allow them more time with constituents to discuss how together we can create safer communities. We should not allow agitators to control the narrative and promote an agenda that does not align with the will of the People of Tennessee.

Most Respectfully,

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Please download full letter HERE to view all letter authors, signees and the State Senators and Representatives the letter was also sent to or view below.

12 thoughts on “Williamson County GOP Leadership, Elected Officials Urge Gov. Lee To Reconsider Special Session (Update 7.26.23)

  • July 14, 2023 at 4:53 pm
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    How wonderful it is to see the new Williamson County Republican Party, fortified by so many recently elected solid conservatives to both party and public positions, take a stand and try to do something about Gov. Bill Lee’s chronic do-gooderism before it does real harm.

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    • July 15, 2023 at 9:39 pm
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      Best description of our Governor that I have ever heard. Being a do-gooder does keep people safe. Being strong and at times very stern makes the difference in community life. Families as well. Fewer spoiled children.

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      • July 16, 2023 at 2:58 am
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        I’m an old fashioned guy Virginia as befits someone as far to the right as I am, so when I use “dogooder” to describe the man I sometimes call Rt. Rev. Bill Lee because of his insufferable dogooder tendencies I use “dogooder” in the way Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines it as “an earnest usually impractical and often naive and ineffectual humanitarian or reformer” who, as I said earlier, often “does real harm”.

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        • July 26, 2023 at 9:36 pm
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          That is much kinder that most I know; is it truly naivety, or nefarious?

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      • July 27, 2023 at 1:55 pm
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        No lee is not a do-gooder. He is a puppet of the biden administration. The real reason lee will not call off this special session, is he has taken the bribery money that the demonic biden administration is offering red states to pass the idiotic red flag unconstitutional laws. If he really wants to do to something good. Release the manifesto ALREADY. The real question is what are they hiding from the public and why don’t they want us to know. This is what this special session should be about. There are already laws that deal with people that have mental issues, prohibiting them from owning guns. Obviously they don’t enforce those. The weapon by itself cannot kill a person, it takes a person to pull the trigger. It’s the person not the weapon that is the problem.
        In God we trust not government or man.
        Have a blessed day.

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    • July 27, 2023 at 4:47 pm
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      “Chronic do-gooderism” is a perfect descriptor for the governor’s weak sense of his role as “chief public servant”, as well as his lack of creativity or perhaps, “conservative conviction” in addressing the desires of Tennesseans. Until we fully understand the true motivation of the shooter, we tend to react with emotion instead of reason.
      The issue can be addressed in the regular session as a ‘priority’ item.

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  • July 14, 2023 at 5:55 pm
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    Note the slime bag antifa posing as Republicans who refused to sign like Sam Whitson, notable supporter of left wing terrorists and enemy of parents rights to keep their children from being mutilated.

    The “root cause” of the shooting is abundantly clear. Sick satan worshipping leftists filled a weak mind with anti Christian garbage, a mind made weaker by a Mengele wannabe faction of evil in medicine and pharma that was all too happy to profit by giving the shooter “gender affirming” care drugs known to make users violent and unstable.

    Ginned up on leftist propaganda available all over the internet and media, the fiend then proceeded to murder 6, including 3 children, and would have murdered more if not put down.

    Is leftist fascist Lee addressing the leftist anti Christian hate propaganda, the culpable villains in the so-called medical industry, or keeping guns out of the hands of anyone on those “gender affirming” pharmaceuticals (poisons)?

    HELL NO.

    Oxygen thieving leftist fascist Bill Lee, owner of Lee Company, is trying to grab guns from Patriots and Christians so they can’t defend themselves from his beloved anti Christian pervert terrorists.

    Who needs Biden, Wray, and Garland when you’ve got Bill Lee to take away your rights and murder justice.

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  • July 14, 2023 at 6:54 pm
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    Can’t get rid of someone with no one Ray. Is there no one in western Williamson County who wants to be a Tennessee State Representative?

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  • July 15, 2023 at 11:19 am
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    YOU can bet if they do meet in AUG. it will be a 3 ring circus of left wing anti gun nut jobs, taking over the streets of the capital. AND I think LEE is counting on this, to show support for his RED FLAG LAW.

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  • July 17, 2023 at 4:15 am
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    Restore Christian Conservative values Gov. Bill Lee. That is why we the people elected you. Stand up against this radical left agenda now before Tennessee becomes a cess pool of immoral and communist ideology!

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    • July 26, 2023 at 9:41 pm
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      People give much too leeway to politicians thinking they “mean well.” H*ll no, they know exactly what they are doing, including Lee. People confuse “nice guy” with good intentions. Sociopaths are “nice guys.” That is not to say Lee is that twisted, but he does not deserve the benefit of the doubt. He has backers that are pushing him and it looks clearly like he does not think of the future nor Tennessee. If you doubt, consider his pick of Comm of Ed- Penny Schwinn. A marxist, if you look at her background closely. Not in name, in deed. She is from Berkely, CA, an intern of Diane Feinstein, who he continued to back when the legislature threatened 2-3x to censor. WHY? She brought in the CRT, and SEL. Shameful. No excuse.

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  • July 27, 2023 at 3:56 pm
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    I have been fighting this Special Session since it was announced. I call my representatives and email them probably more than they like. Governor Lee and his liberal friends are trying their best to institute back door gun control. There is nothing they are proposing that would make us safer and I would argue it would make us less safe.
    When I called the Govenor’s office on 7-26-2023 his staffer stated that Govenor Lee would veto any Red Flag Law or Enhanced Protection legislation. When I ask him why then do we need a Special Session he could not or would not answer. Lee has exposed the TN GOP as a wing of the liberal left. From now on we must push for proven conservative candidates. Enough is enough. I need candidates that I can trust. I trust very few in the TN GOP right now and that certainly includes Scott Golden.

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