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VOL. 133 | NO. 138 | Thursday, July 12, 2018

Lee: GOP Governor Race Attack Ads 'Not What a Leader Does'

The Associated Press

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bill Lee has released an ad criticizing what he calls dishonest attack ads in the GOP gubernatorial primary, saying he's "not going down that road."

With early voting approaching Friday, Lee's ad argues the attacks aren't what a leader does and show some candidates will say and do anything to get elected.

Congresswoman Diane Black's ads highlight Lee's donations to former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Lee also donated to Bredesen's Republican opponent that election. Lee's campaign deemed the donations "business decisions" for his company.

The ads include vague claims about Barry, sanctuary cities and gun control. Barry helped defeat Nashville's 2017 sanctuary city-like push.

Black has attacked businessman Randy Boyd in ads, with Boyd attacking back.

Beth Harwell, Tennessee's House speaker, has largely been spared.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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PROPERTY SALES 140 207 19,653
MORTGAGES 128 196 22,629
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 13 2,935
BUILDING PERMITS 166 367 40,371
BANKRUPTCIES 40 102 12,588
BUSINESS LICENSES 16 33 6,407
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 31 81 7,476
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