“Today, I told Speaker Harwell that I would step aside as Chairman of the House State and Local Government Committee until this matter is resolved and she has accepted it. The Committee’s work is an important aspect of the General Assembly and I do not want my actions to distract from that.”
—Rep. Curry Todd
“Representative Todd has submitted to me his resignation as the Chairman of the House State and Local Government Committee. He indicated he does not want to distract from the work that must be done, and I appreciate his willingness to step aside so that we may focus on legislative business."
—Speaker Beth Harwell
So did Todd step aside "until this matter is resolved" as he says in his statement? Or did he resign (never to be heard from again) as Harwell suggests in hers? You say tomato, I say tomahto. Stay tuned. We have sought clarification from the House Republican communications geniuses.
Update: We can always count on flacks to straighten out any confusion. Here's the (non)clarification from F. Brent Leatherwood, who says his title is director of communications for the Majority:
Representative Todd is no longer the chairman of the State and Local Government Committee and the Speaker has accepted his resignation from that position.
Update II: On the 5 o'clock news, Harwell told Channel 4's Cara Kumari that Todd is stepping down "for a temporary period until he can work through some issues in his own personal life."
Update III: “I think Rep. Todd has every anticipation of running for re-election, and voters of his district will make that decision,” Harwell told TNReport Monday evening. “We will just have to wait and see what happens thereafter.”