High level state officials call for Byrd to resign amid sexual misconduct report

MARCH 29 – House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, both Republicans, want a lawmaker’s resignation after three women have accused him in a report of sexual misconduct as their high school basketball coach decades ago.

Hours before Nashville station WSMV-TV’s report Tuesday evening, Harwell spokeswoman Kara Owen told the station Harwell thinks Republican Rep. David Byrd, who represents Hardin, Wayne, Lewis and Lawrence counties, should resign. In the report, two women allege Byrd inappropriately touched them. The third said Byrd tried to.

McNally joined Harwell in calling for Byrd’s resignation Wednesday.

One woman said she called Byrd last month and recorded it. In the call, which WSMV-TV aired, Byrd apologized but didn’t detail his actions, and denied anything happened with other students.

A spokesman said Byrd plans to fight most allegations and had no intention of resigning.

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