Democrats accuse Republican Rep. of selling UT parking pass - WKRN News 2

Democrats accuse Republican Rep. of selling UT parking pass


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Republicans cried foul a week ago when State Representative Mike Turner's aide was caught trying to sell his boss' state-issued University of Tennessee parking pass.

Now, Democrats are the ones pointing the fingers, calling state Republicans hypocrites.

On Tuesday, Democrats told News 2 they got a screen shot of a Facebook page belonging to the wife of Republican State Representative Vance Dennis.

In the posting, she offered parking passes for this season's University of Tennessee football games.

Chip Forrester is the chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

"I'm just concerned with the hypocrisy of Tennessee Republican Party Chair Chris DeLaney attacking one of my state Representatives on an issue, when he had no knowledge of it," Forrester said.

Dennis said the pass his wife was selling was not his state-issued parking pass.

"Her sister has two parking passes, and I think she [didn't need] to use one of those for some of the upcoming football games in Knoxville," said Dennis.

However, on the Facebook posting, Mrs. Dennis said the pass she's offering is "Garage 11, across from the hill."

News 2 asked Dennis if it were simply a coincidence that his sister-in-law has a parking pass in the same lot as his and Turner's state-issued passes.

He said, "I don't recall exactly where her pass is."

"Representative Turner was unaware of his staff person's actions, and you've got to think that Vance Dennis knew what his wife was doing," Forrester said.

Republicans and Democrats maintain the other side is playing politics.

"The word desperation comes to mind honestly when I look at it. I've never sold a parking pass that I had to a UT game," said Dennis.

Forrester said hopefully, the Republicans will get back to focusing on the main issues.

"How are they going to provide jobs when they've gotten the country into the mess it's gotten into? How are they going to provide better education?" he asked.

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