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Ethics Complaint Filed Against Lieutenant Governor

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Ethics Complaint Filed Against Lieutenant Governor

By Phil Williams. CREATED May 20, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey faces an ethics complaint over a plan to target three state Supreme Court justices for defeat.
 
That plan was first revealed by NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

Clarksville resident Barry Schmittou filed the complaint with the Tennessee Ethics Commission Tuesday over Ramsey's use of his office to develop the plan.

A member of the lieutenant governor's staff drew up the document. And the Blountville Republican admitted that it was shown to business interests inside his office to try to get them to put their money behind an effort to oust three Democratic appointees during the August election.

"I feel like average citizens are not being represented. The big business interests are overwhelming the power in government," Schmittou said.

Ramsey has denied that he cross any ethical boundaries in his attempt to put the court under Republican control.
 
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Phil Williams is chief investigative reporter for NewsChannel 5's nationally award-winning investigative team. His investigations have earned him journalism's highest honors.