The TWHBEA Executive Committee vindicated her actions and dismissed all actions against her. Many of the sore Big Lick crowd said she did something wrong, but nary one person filed a Complaint against her for Polling the TWHBEA membership on the HR 1518/S 1406 question.
Informed sources say that after hearing an Enforcement Committee “Fact Finding” Report, and weighing all factors, the TWHBEA Executive Committee unanimously voted to drop all actions.
The TWHBEA members voted in a landslide in favor of passage of HR 1518/S 1406, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, 63% to 37% with an outstanding 26% of the TWHBEA members participating. The TWHBEA Executive Board voted 7 – 4 in favor of HR 1518 in May 2013, and then the TWHBEA members upheld that vote.
Ever since, the Big Lick faction has been in a state of discord.
The Walking Horse Report, perhaps with a tinge of sour grapes, erroneously reported that “complaints were filed regarding her deceptive actions”. No official Complaints were filed against Pat Stout. No one had the intestinal fortitude to strap that on.
The HR 1518/S 1406 Poll was referenced by TWHBEA President Marty Irby in his testimony before Congress and the Poll Results will be part of the Congressional Record regarding the Hearing.
Ten days later The Tennessean published an Editorial challenging Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and other Tennessee Congressmen to support the Bill.
Stout’s attorney Clant M. Seay said “the Enforcement Committee Report was humorous
It was a “keystone cops” like investigation by inflamed biased, but good people for the most part, who just let their emotions get the best of them on this issue.” Seay blamed resigned President Lloyd Black for his “lack of leadership” on the issue. “All he had to do was let Pat explain the Poll and people would have understood what it was about.” Seay said, “The Enforcement Committee Findings was full of errors and half truths, and some of it was downright comical it was so far from the truth”.
Seay said, “TWHBEA should have authorized an internal review to be conducted by objective persons and we would have been glad to sit down and share information with them rather than the ‘lynch mob – string her up’ mentality.”
Seay said “the landslide Poll results are permanent, and were daily influencing Congressmen and Senators in their decision making process on the HR 1518/S1406 legislation.”
He further challenged the new leadership at TWHBEA to conduct a Poll, and predicted that the results would be more than 63% in favor of removing the pads and chains. “The reason they never conducted a real Poll like Pat Stout did was they were afraid to know the results. The TWHBEA members have spoken, and a bell once rung, cannot be unrung.”
Seay said, “The train has left the station.”