"When he denied it, it definitely shocked me, it would have been so much easier for him to say it happened and for him to apologize," Lynn tells Channel 5. More from the Mount Juliet Republican:
"I don't want to be treated like an object. I want to be treated like a professional, like a peer. That's all I was asking for. I wish this didn't come out, and I particularly wish that it didn't come out at this time. I started receiving contacts from media sources on election night because they remembered what happened two years ago and they wanted me to talk about it, and I told them no."
Williams, meanwhile, says he's "100 percent confident" the ethics complaint against him will be dropped. Wonder why he's so sure? Maybe he knows his buddy, Steve McDaniel--the new deputy speaker--will vote with the six Democrats on the Ethics Committee to sweep this little matter under the rug.
Update: House Ethics Committee taking up complaint against Williams on Wednesday.
"I'm 100 percent confident this matter will be dropped because I know I haven't done anything wrong. ... I don't need these distractions, and the people of Tennessee don't need these distractions," Williams says. On Thursday, he said he'd be cleared of sexual harassment allegations. Guess he's not so sure about that anymore. More Williams:
"It hasn't affected me at all. I guess people just need to find out just how thick my skin is. I can take it and keep moving. ... (The criticism) hasn't stopped, and it'll never stop probably. I do things the way I feel they should be done with an open mind and an open heart. ... It's just something I'll keep dealing with."
If anyone's wondering, GOP leader Jason Mumpower's ass is still chapped.
When asked how he would characterize his working relationship with Williams, Mumpower said it has been cordial and businesslike. "However, if I think there has been any tragedy in the last days, it is that business isn't done on the basis of a person's word anymore," Mumpower noted. "It's done on the basis of verification of things."
Mumpower has released the text of the speech he never made as House speaker.
Update: Tom Humphrey on keeping sexual harassment complaints secret.