Revelations that the Germantown legislator sent a text message to the new House speaker offer to resolve differences in exchange for a committee chairmanship has led to calls for resignation:
Kelsey did not return calls for questions about the new allegation and Odom's suggestion that it amounts to extortion, and his call to resign.
In his statement, Kelsey said he filed the ethics complaint knowing that he would not win a chairmanship but before he knew Williams appointed him chairman of the civil practice subcommittee.
The text message was sent to Williams' office while he and Republican and Democratic leaders met to appoint committees and their highly sought chairmanships.
Williams would only say that he read the text out loud and then told his staff "to handle it however they thought it was appropriate."
Odom said he believes Kelsey committed an ethics violation.
"He demanded a full committee chairmanship -- indicated that if that took place, it would resolve his differences with the speaker," Odom said. "When that didn't happen, he filed a sexual harassment complaint about an incident in which he wasn't involved nor was a witness to."
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