NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - As two Republicans for governor are running attack ads, a third candidate says he is not going there.
"It's everything that is wrong with politics," said Middle Tennessee businessman Bill Lee, who has seen a surge in some recent polling.
His comments came after questions about the negative ads both inside and outside a Lee town hall event Monday afternoon in Marshall County.
The political ads from Republican businessman Randy Boyd and congressional member Diane Black attacking each other along with Lee have been seen for weeks on the air and roadside billboards.
Businessman Lee is not buying the idea that he has to go negative.
"I am not going down that road because it is not what leaders do," Lee told News 2.
When the question came up during the town hall, Lee responded, "People that are willing to do anything or say anything to be elected-- I don't think that is the kind of person Tennesseans want as governor."
Generally, campaigns or groups responsible for the negative ads defend them as drawing distinctions between candidates.
Lee has been criticized for contributions to some Democrats, such as former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, which has said represents a tiny percentage of the money he has given to Republicans.