Governor Haslam Defends Insurance Commissioner McPeak … –


Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam arrived to the defense of his insurance commissioner, Julie McPeak, immediately after NewsChannel 5 Investigates revealed she has traveled thoroughly outdoors of Tennessee on all-cost compensated trips that critics called a conflict of desire.

We talked with the governor about what we uncovered.

Haslam mentioned he has no problem with how his insurance commissioner Julie McPeak has been paying out her time.

“Julie’s labored for me for six years. I am pretty persuaded of her experienced solution to this in conditions of seeking out for what is actually the ideal passions of the state,” Haslam explained.

Andy Spears, with the advocacy group Tennessee Citizen Motion declared, “If I ended up the governor, I would be asking, ‘where’s my insurance commissioner?'”

Spears continued, “The business received exactly what they wished with a pretty significant fee maximize in wellbeing insurance in Tennessee while she’s having funds in the sort of trips from the insurance business. And that looks to me to be a big conflict of desire. Her amount one particular position must be to defend Tennesseans and to shield Tennesseans. And as a substitute she’s guarding and defending the insurance business.”

The governor mentioned anyone in his business office testimonials all travel requests from commissioners. That suggests, he mentioned, that anyone there understood just how a lot of trips McPeak was having.

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