"It has nothing to do with Pilot. It's just political junk," said Hasam. "I think that's the kind of stuff that really turns people off of politics, when people just throw stuff out there for no reason."
More from Haslam:
"I think it's very silly. There's no connection at all. I guess I'm disappointed in ... Mike is out saying, 'Hey, we want to talk about jobs,' and he's bringing up something that literally has no connection to a Tennessee company."
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey happened to be speaking with Haslam at a Reagan Day dinner and he lashed out at Mike McWherter for making the accusations:
"I think that's desperation by a candidate who knows he's in over his head and knows there is no way to legitimately win this election, so therefore Mike McWherter has to throw diversionary tactics out there to try to sell people on something that has nothing to do with running state government."