RGA: Tennessee Dem Gov Candidate Karl Dean Under Fire Over Misuse of Disaster Relief
Last week at the Leadership Tennessee Gubernatorial Forum, Karl Dean was blasted by fellow Democratic candidate House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh on his handling of funds following the 2010 Nashville flood.
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden had this to say:
"While Nashville has had a string of Mayors who've mismanaged the city's money, Tennesseans deserve better in a Governor. Although I don't usually see eye to eye with the Minority Leader, on this issue the blatant misuse or ignorance about the use of federal dollars by former Mayor Dean is too glaring to ignore."
Karl Dean Under Fire Over Misuse of Disaster Relief
May 21, 2018
Tennessee Democrat gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean has come under fire by the press and his primary opponent for misusing flood dollars during his tenure as Mayor of Nashville, and is now making misleading statements about the controversy. A report by WSMV’s I-Team found that $7.4 million in federal disaster relief was misused by Dean and used for "riverfront development," including building an amphitheater, rather than going towards flood victims in need.
Dean even falsely claimed at a recent gubernatorial forum that, "The money that was used was used for flood mitigation, not for building an amphitheater." This is false. WSMV"reviewed thousands of pages of invoices, budgets, HUD correspondence and internal e-mails that confirm the use of flood disaster funds for the design and engineering of Ascend Amphitheater."
Karl Dean's Democrat opponent, Craig Fitzhugh, has seized on the issue, saying that it undermines the "public trust."
It's clear that Karl Dean not only misused taxpayer dollars, harming flood victims, but also won't be honest about it. By misleading voters, Karl Dean demonstrates that he lacks the character to serve as governor.