Tennessee National Guard Members, Supporters, and Representative Jerry Sexton Deliver Letter to Governor Lee’s Office Asking for His Help and Special Session

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – A group of off-duty National Guard members and supporters were led by Captain Mickey Shelton and State Representative Jerry Sexton (R-Grainger) in delivering a letter to Governor Bill Lee’s office imploring him to take meaningful action to save the jobs of guardsmen who are about to be fired for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine after the “Guard Freedom” event that was held at Legislative Plaza midday on Wednesday.

Lee was absent from his office and after a few moments, Shelton and Sexton were able to present the letter to Ben Silverman, who is Lee’s personal aide.

During the exchange, a partition and a female state trooper separated the pair and the 30 or so supporters from Lee’s aide.

“We wanted to give Governor Lee this letter, in regards to each one of these things and what he can do about it. We invited him to our event. I don’t know what prior engagement he had but I was sad not to see him there. I’m sure there was something more important that he couldn’t be there,” Shelton said as he handed Silverman the letter.

“Please accept this letter with signatures,” Shelton added.

Sexton then asked Lee’s aide to inform the governor that several legislators are requested a special session be called in order to address the issue of the National Guard firings.

“On behalf of some of the legislators, we are asking him to consider a special session to look into this matter,” Sexton said.

“Do you know when the governor will be back?” he then asked the aide.

“No,” the aide replied. “I don’t know if he’s back today or not.”

“Maybe he could set a time in the next few days to meet with some of us,” Sexton suggested.

Shelton and Sexton then asked the aide for his card, who then provided both with his contact information.

“I spoke a while back with, I think, Joseph Williams trying to get a meeting. Two weeks went by. He’s just too busy. I get that and I understand the grind – too busy,” Shelton said.

“We could discuss some of the options that we have to look at this. I know the governor’s limited, but we can do something. There must be something,” added Sexton.

After that exchange, the group peacefully and respectfully left the Capitol grounds.

With the exception of the one aide, Lee’s office appeared empty.

Watch the exchange:

The letter can be viewed below:

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Aaron Gulbransen is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]. Follow Aaron on GETTRTwitterTruth Social, and Parler.



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5 Thoughts to “Tennessee National Guard Members, Supporters, and Representative Jerry Sexton Deliver Letter to Governor Lee’s Office Asking for His Help and Special Session”

  1. LM

    So , is this going to be like the last COVID “special session” where Sexton and McNally drug around for two months, and then made up a bunch of do-nothing words on paper? NOTHING was accomplished to help Tennesseans against unlawful COVID mandates the we last time. This will be no different. They will leave all of those guardsmen and women to be fired.

  2. nicky wicks

    bill lee is always out to lunch when something is important

  3. 83ragtop50

    The legislature can call a special session without the governor. But they do not have the backbone to do it. Lee is worse than worthless.

  4. Wolf Woman

    ” . . . Lee’s office appeared empty.” That’s because Lee is an empty suit.

  5. Karen

    That ANYONE is requiring the death-shot or masks at this point should be shut down and put out of business! They deserve what they get from enforcing this! How DARE anyone try to take away our God given and constitutional rights!