The Republican Majority Whip for the Tennessee House Of Representatives has agreed to resign his title – but not his seat – after being exposed sexually harassing three different women.
State Rep. Jeremy Durham officially stepped down hours after the GOP leadership released a statement saying he was out — but not before telling the press he was still undecided, reports The Tennessean.
An investigation by The Tennessean uncovered the texts sent to the women, although they had never reported the messages out of fear of retaliation or invasion of their privacy.
One woman, in her mid-20s, said she received late night texts from the Christian lawmaker saying he missed her and requesting pictures. Despite feeling uncomfortable with the texts, she feared what would happen if she reported the powerful Republican to her bosses.
“I go tell someone in HR, ‘oh, this representative did this to me, you know,’” explained the woman who asked that her name not be used. “I mean, I know those things are supposed to be anonymous, and no one’s supposed to know who it was. But someone would have known by the time I walked back across the street to the plaza.”