Nashville, TN — Mike McWherter, Jackson businessman and candidate for governor, calls Bill Haslam out for lying to the Associated Press about his family’s role in advocating for a state income tax.
Yesterday while discussing his father’s role in the 1999 income tax debate with the Associated Press, Bill Haslam said, “He [Zach Wamp] makes it sound like my dad was out leading the effort, which is not true.”
Jimmy Haslam, Bill Haslam’s father and Pilot Oil’s founder, served as one of four board members for an advocacy group known as Citizens for Fair Taxation. The four member board raised over $1.8 million for a publicity campaign supporting Gov. Don Sundquist’s push for a state income tax.
“Bill Haslam has lied to the people of Tennessee.” said Mike McWherter. “I am frankly disappointed that Bill would purposefully mislead Tennessean’s, this appears to a common theme for his campaign. Tennesseans deserve a Governor who knows the truth when he sees it.”