October 29, 2018 (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Following reports that Bill Lee successfully lobbied to restrict the amount of money a plaintiff could seek for pain and suffering damages in personal injury cases, Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini released the following statement:

“On the campaign trail, Bill Lee has already shown a willingness to act out of self-interest. During his campaign, he’s refused to say that his company would completely halt all government contracts in order to avoid conflicts of interest; he has also shown a willingness to exploit our religious differences in an attempt to further divide us and bolster his campaign.

“Now we’ve learned that Bill Lee successfully lobbied to restrict the damages that can be awarded from personal injury cases — after his company was held responsible in a civil lawsuit. If that lawsuit had happened after Lee’s successful lobbying efforts, his company would have received what basically amounts to a slap on the wrist for the carbon monoxide poisoning in which one person died and another was left with brain damage.

“If Bill Lee is willing to act this way now, what would his administration look like? Would he be able to represent all Tennesseans with integrity — and without corruption — as governor? Our next governor should be committed to protecting and strengthening the rights and protections of regular Tennesseans, in order to retain and grow Tennessee’s workforce and hold businesses accountable. Lee’s actions raise serious questions about his commitment to making Tennessee a place where people want to live.”



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