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Signal Mountain’s Chink Brown ‘bumped’ from wildlife panel

by Andy Sher

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission Chairman William “Chink” Brown’s Senate confirmation vote for a new term on the panel may be dead in the water, according to lawmakers.

Freshman Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, on Thursday “bumped” the confirmation of Brown, a Signal Mountain attorney and former judge, from a consent calendar.

The consent calendar is list of usually noncontroversial bills and resolutions that are passed en masse on any given day on the Senate floor. Other nominees to the Fish and Wildlife Commission were confirmed.

But Brown’s nomination was re-referred to the Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Senators say at least five of the nine-member committee won’t vote to send Brown’s nomination back to the Senate floor.

Efforts to reach Brown, whose panel oversees the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency that deals with hunting and conservation, were unsuccessful Thursday night.

At least part of the opposition appears to come from residual resentment by some lawmakers over a two-year battle they fought with the TWRA and the-then Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission, which oversaw the agency.

Brown was chairman of the commission during the fight. The commission eventually was renamed and other changes made.

Gardenhire, elected to the Senate last fall after the flap, said Thursday evening he had warned a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency official, which the commission oversees, over a week ago that he wouldn’t be voting for Brown “but I wouldn’t do anything to cause attention to it.”

Gardenhire declined to specify why he wouldn’t vote for Brown.

“I could, but I’m not,” he said.

He said that while the lawmakers’ fight with the commission “was before my time. ... I have become a vehicle, and that’s fine with me.”

He said when Brown’s nomination came before the Senate Energy panel, “I politely got up and left the committee. Didn’t say anything. In the meantime, several people obviously noticed that and several senators called and expressed some things to me.”

Asked if the committee will send Brown’s nomination back to the Senate floor, Gardenhire said no. Asked why, the lawmaker said, “There’s five or more votes against it. That’s why it won’t be make it through.”

Another senator privately confirmed that, saying the agency and the commission under Brown had angered a block of lawmakers and various groups of hunters and commercial fishermen.

Brown, a Democrat, was renominated by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

Gardenhire said he warned an administration official last weekend that Brown’s confirmation was in danger but no one got back with him to discuss it.

Source: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013 ... ife-panel/


Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:42 pm
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Post Re: Commission Chairman Brown Gets The Boot....
:lol:


I guess he had a "Chink" in his armor....

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Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:47 pm
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What did he do? Whats this over? What does it mean for us?


Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:44 am
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Post Re: Commission Chairman Brown Gets The Boot....
tnhillbilly wrote:
What did he do?


Pretty much he was just a back stabbing jerk when it came to wildlife issues. Act nice when talking to you, and a total jerk when in front of the rest of the commission. If suffered greatly from short mans complex.

tnhillbilly wrote:
Whats this over?


Politics. The same thing ALL decisions are based on when it comes to the commission.

tnhillbilly wrote:
What does it mean for us?


Unfortunately not much, just another talking head in charge. This one has probably even more contempt for the public at large. Everytime anyone speaks without their TWRA cheerleading pompoms, the new guy just rolls his eyes....


Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:12 pm
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Thanks, I haven't kept up with much since the crossville meeting over the stupid new hog hunting laws.


Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:40 am
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Post Re: Commission Chairman Brown Gets The Boot....
It is about time. I know that when you cut off one head there is a danger of two more growing in it's place, but this is nice for the moment.

Again it is about time that someone on the commission had to answer (even in some small way) for their total disregard of the public's wishes.

Good Reporting Todd, keep us posted.

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