Over the last week, much has been said in the media particularly about me overstating, overreacting, a conspiracy theorist. Other neat adjectives have been used. But let me just ask each one of you this: Where were you on September 11th, that morning? I know every one of you remember. You remember the exact moment. Nobody expected what happened on September 11th would ever happen. Nobody could ever dream of such a thing happening in this country.
So if I stood before you on September the 10th, 2001 with this same bill, this same thing would have been said. He’s a nutjob. He’s out of his mind. He’s a conspiracy theorist, etc. So really all this bill does is give us as the legislature the opportunity to prepare for any future terrorist attacks to ensure that this state government of Tennessee continues to function in any such situation. So I’m at the mercy of the committee. Y’all decide and we’ll go with that.
The subcommittee took all of five seconds to kill his bill.