NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Democratic state lawmaker renewed calls for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee to shed light on his company’s government contracts before election day.
The issue has rarely come up in the campaign until addressed last week by Democrat gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean and now Nashville state lawmaker John Ray Clemmons.
“This is a conflict of interest about which Tennesseans should be fully aware before election day,” Clemmons said in a news conference called Friday morning.
Clemmons points to a Tennessee Attorney General’s opinion that he says prevents governors from having any profitable government contracts.
Lee says it would be important for him to avoid conflicts of interest as governor.
He has indicated state contracts from his company would not be renewed, but he has not addressed the local or federal contracts in his company.
I have got an election to win before we start making decisions and set up particulars after the election, so I want to get to Nov. 6th,” Lee told News 2 last week.