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Collierville lawmaker under scrutiny over ethics

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(WMC-TV) - Collierville lawmaker Curry Todd is now under scrutiny for ethics involving his relationship with a Nashville lobbyist.

Was it ethical for Todd to live with the lobbyist rent-free while bills the lobbyist worked on were being passed in Todd's committee?

According to the rules and public opinion, Todd's actions may seem inappropriate but they likely fall short of a violation.

People who live, work, and play in Tennessee Representative Curry Todd's district have mixed reaction about his latest scandal.

"It seems wrong, but I don't know," said Megan Cartwright, who live sin District 95.

The Tennesseean reports Todd lived rent-free with Nashville lobbyist Chuck Welch while Todd's committee voted on bills Welch was paid to get passed.

Memphis Flyer Senior Editor Jackson Baker says Todd just might make it through this latest political storm.

"Curry Todd is the proverbial cat with nine lives," said Baker. "When he was a policeman, he had a problem about drawing a pension early. He managed to get out of that one. As a legislator, it's been one thing after another."

Todd ran and won re-election after recent DUI and gun possession charges. That was after he caught flack for saying immigrants breed like rats.

Baker says Todd seems to skate, in part, because of personality.

"He gets along with people across party lines, as long as legislation is not in the way," said Baker.

Also, Todd told the Tennessean that he and Welch are longtime friends, which would get Todd out of an official ethics violation.

"I think Curry Todd has about three or four more lives left," added Baker.

Citizens are not so sure.

"It looks to me like he's in a lot of trouble because stuff keeps piling up," said another District 95 resident.

Todd's office did not return Action News 5's request for a comment Monday. Neither did Welch's Nashville firm, Farris Bobango.

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