Scott Gilmer Named House Chief of Staff

House Speaker Beth Harwell has named Scott Gilmer as chief of staff for the state House of Representatives, reports the Associated Press.
From the AP story (it’s at the bottom of a story focused on Gov. Haslam’s non-commenting on political developments, reproduced in full above):
Gilmer replaces Gregory Gleaves, who announced before the primary election that he was leaving to work for Hall Strategies, a Nashville-based public relations and lobbying firm.
Gilmer in 2009 pleaded no contest to a criminal charge stemming from his operation of phony political Web sites in the name of a Democratic incumbent who ended up losing his re-election campaign by about 300 votes. State election law says only candidates or their representatives can authorize communications made in a candidate’s name. Gilmer received a $50 fine and no jail time.
Later in 2009, Republicans narrowly rejected an attempt by Democrats to give more teeth to the law on falsely representing others on political websites. The measure ultimately failed on a 49-48 vote, with all but one Republican voting to throw it out. The lone GOP dissenter at the time was Harwell.
Harwell in an email message to colleagues cited Gilmer’s “many years of experience” in selecting him for the top job in her office

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