On Tuesday, Senator Stacey Campfield’s bill SB0127 to restore popular election, as required by Article VI Section 3 of the Tennessee Constitution, was heard and debated by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The good news, it passed 5-4 with an unusual tie breaking vote cast by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey.
The bad news, Senator Doug Overbey violated his oath of office and told the Senate Judiciary Committee not to use the State Constitution as a means for voting to restore a constitutional requirement.
Listen to the discussion here:
Senator Overbey’s egregious remark begins at about the 10 minute mark, “You should only vote for this bill if you think direct election is the best policy. Period. If you think it’s the best policy then vote for it, but don’t use the Constitution as a means for voting for it.”
Here is my email to Senator Overbey, as he is suppose to “represent” me.
Dear Senator Overbey,
Article VI Section 3 of the Tennessee Constitution states: The judges of the Supreme Court shall be elected by the qualified voters of the state.
This sentence is so clear that a blind man could read it. You took an oath to the Tennessee Constitution, but you clearly violated it on Tuesday with your vote against restoring the election of Supreme Court Judges.
Since you are in violation of your oath of office, you have two options: resign since you have no intention of honoring your oath of office, or repent and vote for this bill when it comes before you again.
Those are the only honorable things to do. Otherwise you lied to the people of your district and ultimately to all Tennesseans and you should be ashamed of your unfaithfulness to the Constitution.
Let freedom ring!