Robocalls urge resignation of Tennessee Rep. Jeremy Durham

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Voters in the home county of a top Republican in the state house are getting robocalls demanding his resignation over a prescription fraud investigation and a letter he wrote urging a lower sentence for a former youth pastor who pleaded guilty to child porn possession.

The speaker in the recorded message calls herself a “concerned conservative parent,” but doesn’t identify who paid for the call.

Investigative documents released to the public last week revealed that prosecutors had sought charges against House Majority Whip Jeremy Durham of Franklin on allegations that he changed the dates on two prescriptions. A grand jury declined to indict the lawmaker in January.

Three months later, Durham wrote to urge a federal judge consider child porn defendant Joseph Todd Neill’s entire life, and not just on the “ill-conceived act.”