Mike McWherter today went after what his campaign sees as Bill Haslam's Achilles' heel: Oil. In a press release, he called Haslam "an oil sheik" and the newly combined Pilot and Flying J travel centers an "oil Goliath" that will result in higher prices at the pump. McWherter's campaign has been hoping Haslam's Republican rivals will use their paid media to help tar the Knoxville mayor with this brush. Instead, Zach Wamp and Ron Ramsey are cluelessly popping up their happy TV spots as the clocks ticks away on their campaigns for governor. McWherter said:
“This is a major addition to a growing list of concerns over Bill Haslam’s oil interests. The Haslam family has been charged on numerous occasions here in Tennessee and across America with illegal price gouging, forcing working families and businesses to pay artificially inflated prices for fuel. And now we find that Bill Haslam’s company was the target of an FTC anti-trust complaint. It’s no wonder Bill Haslam refuses to disclose his financial information, he is afraid average Tennesseans might see him as an oil sheik rather than the common-man character he has spent millions trying to create in his television ads."