In a statement obtained by The Tennessee Star, Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles, a candidate in the Republican primary for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District, called upon Tennessee legislative leaders to immediately issue a call for a special legislative session in order to focus on reinstating any Tennessee National Guard personnel who have been dismissed for declining to accept the COVID vaccines and boosters.
Ogles also called for steps to be taken in order to prevent any future dismissals for the same reasons.
“This is not only a national security issue, but it is also an issue of us standing up for our fellow Tennesseans who have answered the call to service that reflects our well-earned reputation as the Volunteer State,” Ogles said.
“As they stand in the breach for us at risk of life and limb, the very least we can do is stand up for them and reject the illegal mandates of the Biden administration and the disgusting threats they are making towards those who refuse to comply with their medically questionable dictates,” he continued.
Ogles talked about the the work he did as mayor of Maury County fighting the COVID-19 mandates.
“As Mayor of Maury County I worked aggressively to reject the vax and mask mandates that shuttered businesses, closed schools and churches, and put lives at risk with highly questionable claims of science-based authority,” Ogles said.
Ogles noted that several in the Tennessee General Assembly have called for a special session, but many have yet to jump on board with the idea.
“Tennesseans must reject the outrageous actions of the Biden administration’s vax-obsessed agenda, and I ask our legislative leaders to stop the forced vaccinations of our Tennessee taxpayer-paid National Guard members,” Ogles added. “I appreciate the courage of the legislators who are calling for House and Senate leadership to hold a special session to address this issue, but too many continue to yield to the pressures of those who would rather stand down in the face of tyranny rather than stand up to it.”
Ogles pointed out that these mandates do not fit the vision of our nation’s founders.
“We just celebrated Independence Day, and I can assure everyone that our Founders would be appalled at our lack of fight on behalf of those serving us on the front lines of freedom today.”
Previously reported, several members of the Tennessee General Assembly told The Tennessee Star that they would support holding a special session of the legislature in order to save the jobs of National Guard members who refused to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Notably, State Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson, Senate Deputy Speaker Janice Bowling, and Senate Caucus Chair Ken Yager, as well as several more senators and state representatives, have made statements favorable to holding a special session in support of the guardsmen.
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Photo “Andy Ogles” by Andy Ogles.