A legislative staffer has been suspended after a confrontation with a member of the “Tennessee Three.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee legislative staffer has been placed on leave after Democratic state Rep. Justin Jones said the staffer shouted at him in the hallway.
Jones, who shot to national fame as one of Two Democrats were expelled Their Republican colleagues last year for participating in a protest demanding gun control filed a complaint against the staffer last month following an incident outside his legislative office.
Jones added that the employee confronted him in the hallway and began yelling at him and did not leave until another deputy intervened.
An independent investigation was conducted and the employee was suspended until May, Jones said Tuesday.
“No matter who you are, no one should talk to another person that way,” Jones said.
The staffer works for a fellow House Democrat.
Connie Ridley, the Legislature’s chief administrative officer, provided The Associated Press with a letter that was sent to the staff member on Jan. 30. The employee will be placed on “disciplinary suspension” until May 3, with pay withheld between February 1, the letter said. Until February 16.
“On the evening of January 9, 2024, you were in an inappropriate confrontation with a member of the House of Representatives,” the letter said. “This incident occurred in the hallway adjacent to the Member’s office. Your conduct failed to maintain a satisfactory and harmonious working relationship with the Member and caused disruption to the day-to-day operations of the Member and other individuals affected by your actions.
The letter also stated that the employee must complete “emotional and behavioral health” counseling before returning to work.
Republicans ousted Jones and Rep. Justin Pierson, a fellow young black Democrat, last April over their massive protest on the House floor demanding gun control just days after they protested. A shooting at a Christian elementary school left six people dead. Republicans saved Democratic Representative Gloria Johnson, who is white, from expulsion for her role in the demonstration by one vote.
Jones and Pearson were quickly reappointed and re-elected In special elections.
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