Lee, Harwell Make Headlines Over Comments at Gubernatorial Forum

A Republican candidate for Tennessee governor claimed Tuesday that the “liberal media,” teachers unions and the “far-left lobby” have used students who survived Parkland, Florida’s deadly school shooting as “props to push their anti-gun agenda.”

Candidate Bill Lee sent out the comments in a news release after a governor’s race forum Tuesday in which the contenders were asked whether the Parkland survivors have had a positive or negative impact on the conversation around guns and gun control. Lee answered, “negative.” Fellow Republicans Randy Boyd and Beth Harwell and Democrats Karl Dean and Craig Fitzhugh said “positive.”

Harwell drew attention at the form when she said she would never offer an economic development incentive package for a company to locate in Middle Tennessee. Harwell, who is from Nashville, said those packages need to be offered to companies who are willing to go to rural areas.