Accused Tennessee lawmaker stays quiet on reelection decision

Posted at 5:43 PM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 18:43:13-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct is remaining mum on whether he will run for reelection in 2020.

Earlier this year, Republican Rep. David Byrd told his GOP colleagues he wouldn't run for office during a closed-door caucus meeting. Byrd later told reporters he would make a public statement by the end of September.

As of Tuesday, Byrd had not released a statement and has not returned multiple messages left by The Associated Press.

Byrd has attracted increased scrutiny for more than a year after being accused by three women of sexual misconduct three decades ago when he was a high school teacher and coach. He was never charged. Two women alleged Byrd inappropriately touched them. The third said Byrd tried to.

Byrd has not outright denied the allegations.