Governor: I Know Nothing About Pilot Raid, But Trust My Brother

Gov. Bill Haslam said he knows little about a raid on Pilot Flying J headquarters in Knoxville and has “faith and confidence” in his brother’s ability to deal with the situation as CEO of the company.
In a brief meeting with reporters, the governor said there was “gossip and speculation” about the raid that is unfounded and unfair and “it’s not fair for me to play that game.”
“The truth is, I don’t know,” said Haslam.
He was asked, for example, about speculation that the raid could have been retaliation for his recent decision against expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act and rejected the notion.
“Absolutely not,” he said.
When he became governor in January, 2011, Haslam put all this financial assets in a blind trust – except for his Pilot holdings. The governor said he has no role in managing the company, though he retains a substantial but undisclosed financial interest.
Haslam said he is leaving management to his brother, CEO Jimmy Haslam, and “I have faith and confidence in him.” In fact, the governor said he is not trying to learn any details of what happened and why.
“It’s not my job,” he said. “I’ve got a full-time job.”

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