Jim Coley is a lifelong government union stalwart trying to represent a conservative district. Almost by definition, his political survival is dependent on his ability to camouflage his voting record from his constituents.
For example, consider two 2nd Amendment votes by Coley in March 2015. In both instances, archived footage of the hearings shows the subcommittee’s chairman, Coley, voting “no.” But later, Coley changed the official records from “no” to “abstain.”23 When challenged on the sleight of hand by Coley, he told TNReport he changed how his votes were recorded because he didn’t want his constituents to draw the conclusion that he’s “not in favor of firearms.”
Similarly, in March of 2016, Coley voted to kill a bill whose purpose was to prevent males from using girls’ dressing rooms and showers in public schools. After religious organizations exposed his vote in district, Coley agreed to change his vote and support a difficult “reconsideration” procedure to resurrect the bill.24 He literally voted against the bill before he voted for it.
Jim Coley is known as a reliable government union vote, but his constituents would need to pay close attention to see through his smokescreen. For that reason, the Forum considers Representative Coley one of the “Worst” legislators of the 109th General Assembly.
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