Ethics Complaint Filed Against Ramsey

An ethics complaint has been filed against Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey over his PowerPoint presentation calling the state attorney general an enemy of “job creators.”

Barry Schmittou argues in his filing that drug companies that have been fined, cited by Ramsey as evidence of anti-business, have given Ramsey campaign contributions. Schmittou also notes that the state seal is prominently displayed on the material.

The complaint also says the settlements achieved by the AG, singled out by Ramsey, were against companies that have been fined for unethical practices.

Schmittou has been involved in ethics cases before. He filed a complaint against state Sen. John Ford, but the case didn’t reach completion because Ford went to prison, caught in an FBI sting.

Ramsey has been using the PowerPoint presentation with business groups to encourage them to support his efforts to defeat three Democrats on the state Supreme Court and replace them with Republicans. The court picks the attorney general, which has always been a Democrat. Ramsey wants a Republican attorney general.

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BarrySchmittou writes:

The complaint I filed shows Lt. Governor Ramsey’s document indicates the Tennessee Attorney General is an enemy of job creators because he accepted settlements that fined drug companies and other corporations !! Ramsey did not mention one word about the dangers the pharmaceutical companies caused !! Ramsey did not mention the fact that Attorney Generals from other states accepted the same fines that the Tennessee Attorney General accepted !! Ramsey received contributions from ten Pharmaceutical companies that engaged in patterns of criminal and/or civil violations and some of them endangered patients’ lives !! It is wrong for Ramsey to take the Pharmaceutical companies money and then oppose the fines they paid.

Here is one example of the dangers Ramsey omitted : These quotes are from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan:

“Wyeth pushed its employees to sell these drugs for uses that had not been proven to be safe and effective, which potentially put Illinois Medicaid patients’ health at risk,” Madigan said.

“Wyeth encouraged its employees to market and sell Rapamune for so-called “off-label” uses, including treating liver transplants, despite an FDA warning advising against such use.”

Ramsey received contributions from Wyeth, and Ramsey listed Wyeth's fines as an example of the Tennessee Attorney General being an enemy of job creators. AND THAT IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE !!

Ramsey did all that on a document he created that had our state seal on the entire first page and the entire last page, the document was created by Ramsey and state employees who are on his staff and it was presented to businesses in State offices.

Ramsey is not representing the citizens of Tennessee, he is representing the big corporations that give him large contributions, and his actions prove he does not care if these businesses endanger many lives !!!!

Hem writes:

What is the name of the commission that will rule on the complaint? Do you have a link to it? I'd like to know the names of the members.

It appears that you have researched the issue definitively and your points appear to be well taken.

Hem writes:

Never mind. I think I found it. Is John King the chairman?

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