One could argue that Curry Todd’s core political strategy is “what happens in Nashville stays in Nashville.” Limited space prohibits an in-depth analysis of Todd’s many paradoxes so we will try to hit a few high points.
- The man who represents one of the largest religious communities in the nation is considered the “go-to-guy” for the liquor industry. In the last three legislative sessions, Todd has carried 16 pro-liquor bills for his most significant political benefactor, the liquor industry.26
- Less than a year after sponsoring “guns in bars” legislation, Todd was jailed for DUI and possession of a handgun while driving under the influence.27
- In 2011 Todd lived rent-free for an undisclosed period of time in lobbyist Chuck Welch’s Nashville luxury home while voting on bills Welch was paid to get passed. While collecting $29,000 in mileage reimbursement and state per diem meant to cover his expenses in Nashville he lived in a lobbyist’s home.28
- Todd has amassed a $190,000 war chest to scare away would-be challengers. Of more than 150 contributors, the majority came from PACs and only nine came from his home district totaling less than $9,000 from 2010-2016.29
- Though reportedly in poor health, Todd got into “a scuffle” with another legislator on the House floor during the most recent session and had to be physically separated.30
- As of this writing, there appears to be no 2016 legislation sponsored and passed by Todd that is focused on the needs of the communities in his district.
It appears to the Tennessee Forum that since 2011, Representative Todd has spent most of his political capital going to bat for controversial industries, spawning unflattering headlines, fighting ethics allegations and building a war chest. Further, it seems that he believes $190,000 of campaign funds can paper over his real persona in Nashville. To us, the selection of WORST Tennessee legislator of 109th General Assembly was easy: Curry Todd.
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