State Senate speaker takes issue with 'terrorists, fascists' rhetoric

Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 5:24pm

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey blamed Democrats Thursday for an increasingly acrimonious political climate at the state Capitol and warned Republicans will retaliate in kind.

Calling for bipartisan problem-solving this week, Gov. Bill Haslam urged Democrats and Republicans to tone down their rhetoric over GOP legislation to repeal public school teachers’ right to collective bargaining. Ramsey said the governor made the same pitch during a meeting Wednesday with legislative leaders. But the senator said Republican leaders responded:

“When we get called terrorists, when we get called fascists, we’re going to respond back.”

“Has the rhetoric gotten out of hand on the other side?” Ramsey said.


At his weekly media availability, Ramsey said he is upset because House Democratic caucus chairman Mike Turner lamented “terrorism against our teachers” during a Tennessee Education Association protest rally Saturday at Legislative Plaza. Ramsey also complained about a news release in which Democratic Party chairman Chip Forrester denounced “fascist measures” by Republicans.

“Make no mistake about it,” Forrester said in the release. “This is a political attack on teachers for supporting Democratic leaders who have stood up for education in our state. If passed, these fascist measures will silence the voice of teachers working to improve our schools, communities and our state.”

7 Comments on this post:

By: dogmrb on 3/10/11 at 4:41

Is this the same Ron Ramsey that questions if Islam is a religion or a cult? Name calling is name calling however and whoever does it.

By: govskeptic on 3/11/11 at 5:21

This is the same Ron Ramsey that helped bring a solid majority to
the Tenn Senate! Mr. Forrester and Rep. Turner are the same two
that helped bring the education system to the extremely low point
that it is by going with the Union demands to increase the constant
antimosity between School Boards and TEA on every little issue!

By: nash615 on 3/11/11 at 10:13

The only time politicians want to "tone down the rhetoric" is when things are hitting too close to home and they're losing credibility.

By: rbull on 3/11/11 at 10:19

The sooner this State gets rid of this damn Senator Ron Ramsey and sends his ass packing back to East Tennessee this State will be much better off. No I'm not saying this just because he is Republican, I don't care if the Speaker is Republican or Democarat, just send his ass packing and thank the Lord he didn't get to be our Governor. He is a redneck from the hills of East Tennessee and that is where he should be camping out and not in Nashville screwing up the State.

By: pswindle on 3/11/11 at 1:08

Do What, Mr. Bully?

By: cookeville on 3/13/11 at 9:38

Ah Ron, you don't like being called a fascist? Then stop acting like one! The last I looked, no one died and made you God. You're just a little man on a big ego trip. Get over yourself. You're not that smart.

By: Moonglow1 on 3/14/11 at 9:53

Moonglow1: it is a free country. The people shall speak. No we will not tone down the retoric. Do you expect us to make it easy for you to follow the lead of the Koch brothers and their minion, Scott Walker. Like we should roll over and let you walk all over us. No!! You are not a king.