Thursday, February 11, 2010

Issues Not Income

If Tennessee Republican candidates are going to go after Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, do so based on issues, not income:

In spite of my personal disagreements with how the Haslams (as an example) used their business to promote name-recognition for now-Senator Bob Corker in a way that I personally believe to be unfair-largely because Ed Bryant and Van Hilleary didn't have access to a chain of gas stations giving them free signage space-it is their business. They may use their business to promote their personal and political goals in whatever way they see fit within the confines of the law. Bill Haslam is part-owner of Pilot, and it is his family business which will presumably pass in part to his own descendants. He has the same rights, privileges, and immunities as any other citizen of Tennessee and of the Union, and one of those privileges is the ability to keep his personal financial affairs as private a matter as possible under the circumstances.

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