Nashville Rep. Mike Turner predicted Republicans will amend Tracy’s bill to make it harder for Muslim women in particular to obtain abortions.
“We’re going to dominate Jay Leno and David Letterman and all these other shows the whole year,” Turner said. “Hopefully at some point the people of Tennessee will get tired of that. Used to be people made fun of Mississippi. Now they’re making fun of Tennessee and I don’t like that as a Tennessean.”
But Turner became defensive when it was pointed out that Tennessee Democrats frequently vote with the crazy Republicans, either because they’re just as crazy or too cowardly to vote their conscience. The Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, Lowe Finney, voted for the guns-in-parking lots bill in the Judiciary Committee this week, and Democratic Rep. Charlie Curtiss is one of the many co-sponsors of Tracy’s abortion bill.
“It’s not the Soviet Union. We’re not a dictatorship. We let our people make their own decisions,” Turner said, insisting that “the vast majority of Democrats” will vote against nutty Republican proposals.