NASHVILLE,TN – U.S.President Jack Kennedy wrote a book entitled “Profiles In Courage”.
On Friday a former Tennessee Governor earned his place in that number. The distinguished and honorable Winfield Dunn is endorsing the PAST ACT.
Apparently there is a Republican with integrity that Steve Smith cannot buy or control. Governor Dunn, unlike former Governor Alexander, apparently is not interested in preserving the “TENNESSEE TRADITION” of Big Lick Horse Soring.
The 2012 Republican nominee for President Mitt Romney speaking of Governor Dunn said, “No one is more highly regarded for his love of country and his public service.”
A native Mississippian, Winfield Dunn was the first Republican Governor elected in the 20th century. Ironically, a young fellow named Lamar Alexander was active in Dunn’s 1975 winning gubernatorial campaign.
Paul Barton’s article has appeared in the Jackson Sun (Tennessee) and WBIR Channel 10 in Knoxville, but so far, it has not run in The Tennessean. All three are owned by the Gannett Corporation.
Hoyer, Dunn lend support to horse-soring bill
WASHINGTON ““ The second-ranking Democrat in the House and a former Tennessee governor are the latest to endorse legislation protecting Tennessee walking horses from soring, the office of Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky said Friday.
Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the House minority whip, became the 305th to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act. Whitfield, a Republican, is the lead sponsor.
That means 70 percent of the House is now behind the bill, although it is stuck in House Energy and Commerce Committee, where Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood, is vice chairwoman. Blackburn opposes the bill.
Meanwhile, Whitfield’s office said former Gov. Winfield Dunn has said he will endorse it publicly as well.
Dunn, who served from 1971 to 1975, was Tennessee’s first Republican governor in more than half a century.
Widely seen as cruel, soring involves using caustic chemicals, chains, special pads and other devices on a walking horse’s legs and hooves to inflict pain and create an artificially high step, referred to as the “Big Lick.”
While the House bill remains trapped in committee, an identical Senate version has cleared committee but has yet to get a floor vote. It has 57 sponsors, three short of the number needed to overcome a filibuster.
Horse organizations are developing strategies to ramp up grass-roots pressure on Congress during the August recess, said Whitfield spokesman Marty Irby.
Those groups include the All American Walking Horse Alliance, World Walking Horse Association, Friends of Sound Horses and National Walking Horse Association.
“The amount of support for this legislation is astounding,” Irby said.
Whitfield said earlier this week he is considering a discharge petition to force it out of Blackburn’s committee and onto the House floor for a vote.
Blackburn and Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander favor alternative legislation that would require “scientific” testing to detect soring. But critics say their bills are worded in a way that would protect the status quo.
Blackburn’s bill has only 12 co-sponsors, most of whom are the other Republican House members in the Tennessee delegation. Alexander’s bill has only four.
Blackburn’s office did not return requests for comment Friday.
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Nephew Eugene said Representative Marsha Blackburn had a bad day on Friday when one of her co-sponsors Lacy Clay, Jr. (D-MO) realized he had erroneously co-sponsored Blackburn’s bill and he removed his name from it.
Rep. Clay is on the PAST ACT.
Right now the score is Whitfield 305 to Blackburn 12 in favor of the PAST ACT in the U. S. House of Representatives.