Proof that Tennessee House committee assignments are not made on the basis of understanding the topic might be found in today's Memphis Commercial Appeal story that Rep. G. A. Hardaway (D-Memphis) was arrested in Mississippi for driving on a suspended license and not having proof of insurance. Hardaway was on the Transportation and Public Safety Committees last legislative session.
It does make you wonder, though, if it's possible for Democrat legislators from Memphis to stay out of trouble.
Hardaway said in a telephone interview today that he didn’t know his license had been suspended. “If I had known, I wouldn’t have been driving,” he said. The legislator said that he had his attorney check into the matter today and that it is still unclear to him why his license was suspended.
“I was told it was for ‘obedience to devices’ and your guess on what that is, is as good as mine. I got a notice about a year ago saying that I had a violation that needs to be taken care of. I thought it had been. I’m not laying blame on anybody; I accept full responsibility.”