Former Democratic Caucus chair claims House Speaker pushed him out

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Vincent Dixie


Two weeks after narrowly losing a bid for re-election as House Democratic Caucus chairman, Rep. Vincent Dixie says House Speaker Cameron Sexton leaned on colleagues to stop his re-election.

L-r: Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville), Coach Tim Corbin, Rep. Johnny Garrett (R-Goodlettsville) and Rep. John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville). (Joe Howell/Vanderbilt)


As a result, Dixie, a Nashville Democrat, holds no leadership position. He was defeated by Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, in the 24-member caucus race by one vote.

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Dixie called the deal a “bunch of cowardice” on the part of Sexton and his Democratic colleagues, contending that never in history has one party interfered in another party’s caucus elections.

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