‘Stick to Singing’ Lawmaker Says He’s on the Same Side as Carrie Underwood
Tennessee State Representative Andy Holt is standing by his suggestion that Carrie Underwood should stick to singing instead of politics. He also says he's on the same side of animal rights issues as the country singer and he might invite her for dinner to discuss the Livestock Cruelty Prevention Act, known as the Ag-Gag Bill to critics.
During an interview with WKRN-TV in Nashville, Holt said his remark -- "If Carrie Underwood will stick to singing, I’ll stick to lawmaking” -- was made off the cuff but he's not backing away. Holt sponsored the bill -- which would require anyone with recorded images of livestock abuse to turn them over to law enforcement within 48 hours -- and questioned if Underwood had even read it during a Twitter exchange.
Upon passage in the House, Underwood expressed her anger and said that if Governor Bill Haslam signed it she'd show up on his front door. Haslam has 10 days to sign or veto the bill, meaning he can expected a furious blonde country singer on his doorstep as soon as this weekend.
"I think I'm gonna invite her to dinner and see if we can have a conversation about this," Holt told WKRN. He says they are both animal lovers, but just disagree on how to protect animals from abuse. Underwood has the support of animal rights group like Peta and the Humane Society of the United States.