Under the Bus?
IS there an effort of some kind to throw two Republican legislators under the bus
The fact that the nurses in the case were cleared of wrongdoing and their records restored as they had been before they were accused has been reported to be solely due to the actions of State Representatives Dale Ford (R-Jonesborough) and Tony Shipley (R-Kingsport). However, considering that the case of Reynolds, Stout, and Killebrew had supposedly been one that had been seen to involve the deaths of two hospital patients, it is highly unlikely that Tennessee Commissioner of Health Susan Cooper had not been aware of the original decision by the Board of Nursing to rescind the licenses of the three, and far more importantly of efforts that were underway to exonerate the three and clear their records. While Cooper and her office are far from immune to pressure from the General Assembly, the Tennessee Department of Health is an executive agency, and Commissioner Cooper was appointed to her post by Governor Bill Haslam, and in law and fact answers to Haslam and serves at his pleasure.
Labels: Conservatism, Local politics, Tennessee politics