State Sen. Jim Summerville doesn't hide his feelings.
Are you one of his neighbors, irritated by his at-large dogs? He'll take out the magic markers, draw up a sign, and post it on his fence to let you know what he thinks about that. Wondering where he stands on Chick-fil-A's support of anti-gay organizations? Chicken sandwiches for everyone!
Now, in an email obtained by Pith, Summerville puts his feelings about another matter in, uh, black and white terms.
The subject of the Black Caucus' report, we don't know [See update below]. Though given the recent Senate Education Committee hearing, which Summerville led, about grade-changes at Tennessee State University, we'd guess that might be the topic at hand. I've tried unsuccessfully to reach Rep. Barbara Cooper, who forwarded Summerville's email to colleagues.
I've also tried to get in touch with Summerville to clear a few things up. Mainly: Which Black Caucus report do you not give a rat's ass about, why don't you give a rat's ass about it, etc. We'll update here if we hear back.
The email, in PDF form:
Update: The Black Caucus report responding to the TSU hearing — presumably the report Summerville doesn't give a rat's ass about — can be seen at the link below, in a PDF:
Update II: Well that didn't last long. In a statement, Senate Education Committee chair Delores Gresham says Summerville has been removed as the Education Subcommittee chair:
“I am very disappointed in the unfortunate choice of words and tone used by Senator Summerville in responding to Rep. Cooper. There is a standard of courtesy that must be observed by members of the General Assembly and this went beyond what is acceptable. He has been removed as the Senate Higher Education Subcommittee Chairman.”