If Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris has his way, Governor Bill Haslam won’t have his way in the forthcoming legislative session on some key matters without at least incurring some serious harassment from the small band of Senate Democrats.
One of the matters Harris intends to challenge Haslam on is the Governor’s announced plan to outsource more state functions than at present and to meanwhile conduct an investigation into that possibility.
In an interview with Memphis television station WATN-TV recorded for broadcast on Sunday, Harris complained about the authenticity of the probe, contending among other things that the “investigation” was not occurring at the state sites — parks, schools, etc. — in question and that the investigation was being led by individuals too close to the governor to be independent .
(Harris did not mention any names in his interview, but in a follow-up conversation later he indicated that he had been referencing two employees of KraftCPA, a firm he made a point of praising overall but one with too many ties to the Governor to be appropriately involved in the out-sourcing investigation.)