4 former lawmakers among 6 finalists to lead ethics and campaign finance panel

The Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance has whittled down the applications to succeed retiring Executive Director Drew Rawlins from 43 to six. The finalists include four former lawmakers, a former judge, and a current staffer.

The finalists are scheduled to be interviewed over the course of three weeks starting on July 8. Here’s who made the cut:

  • Former Rep. Jerome Cochran, a Republican who lost to former House Speaker Kent Williams (I-Elizabethton) three times in as as many election cycles. Cochran is now an administrative law judge.
  • Former Rep. Mark Goins, a Republican who ran twice for the Senate — losing to former Democratic Sen. Tommy Kilby (D-Wartburg) — after being drawn out of his House seat in redistricting. Goins is the state election coordinator under Secretary of State Tre Hargett.
  • Former Rep. Judd Matheny, who came in third in a bid for the Republican nomination in his bid for 6th Congressional District seat last year.
  • Former Rep. Kim McMillan, the former House Democratic leader who lost her re-election bid as Clarksville mayor to former Rep. Joe Pitts.
  • Jay Moeck, the current audit director of the bureau.
  • Former Nashville Chancellor Bill Young, a onetime counsel for Blue Cross General Counsel and twice a top attorney for the state Attorney General’s Office.

The selection will be made by the members of the Ethics Commission and the Registry of Election Finance. Both panels are evenly divided along party lines. As the only Democratic finalist, McMillan appears to have an advantage if the Republicans split the vote. Of course, Republicans could coalesce behind a single finalist, at which point there could be an impasse.

27 Responses to 4 former lawmakers among 6 finalists to lead ethics and campaign finance panel

  • Misty Pardner says:

    Lol, Judd Matheny!!! That guy is so desperate to get a job. Judd, seriously. Take advantage of Tennessee Reconnect and get a welding certification or something.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      That would only deprive us of Judd’s rigorous conservative governance we so desperately need to keep Tennessee on the right track that it’s been following ever since the Republicans gained control of the General Assembly. Hopefully it will not be long before Judd finds himself appointed or elected to a high position in our state government to the benefit of us all.

      • Perry Aubric says:

        Yeah. Those top notch Republican ethics. From Casada and his hot shot chief of staff. Real examples for our children.

      • James White says:

        Judd voted For an Article V Constitutional Convention. He should not be elected to do anything. Not even Congressman, not even Dog Catcher.

        • Joshua Read says:

          An Article V Constitutional Convention is legal, constitutionally sound and an appropriate vehicle to legitimately reform our government

          • James White says:

            It could destroy our constitution and is an Unwise thing to do. We only need Wise people as our leaders. (why do you think it has never been done since the original convention?)

          • FuzzyBagels says:

            Thank you Joshua Read and Perry Aubric for drawing out and speaking facts to James White’s objections to an Article V COS. In addition to your points, Tennessee passed a law that would make it a felony for any of the state’s delegates to the Convention to do anything outside the scope prescribed to them. An added control mechanism to those already stated.

          • James White says:

            Fuzzy, the convention is not bound by State law, it is a Federal convention, called by congress. The only thing the state’s are authorized to do, according to the U.S. Constitutions is the Petition Congress to call a convention.”on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, ” . And they Could pass an amendment to say that no one in the convention can be held to state law or even that none of the votes/proceedings be recorded or available to to the public.

        • Josh Read says:

          We have citizens referring to “4th Trimester women’s healthcare” as constitutionally protected privacy and anyone breeching the national border being granted full citizenship rights under the 14th amendment. I don’t know how much more destroyed our Constitution can get before we must try to reach some ratification threshold for change.

          • Lenny says:

            There’s no such thing as a fourth trimester. If you want to come to America, you need to learn the language.

          • Josh Read says:

            Uh Lenny that’s the point. It’s murder. Apparently killed your sense of irony toom

        • Perry Aubric says:

          A convention cannot amend the constitution. It can propose amendments that still must be ratified by the states. No more hazardous than a Congress-proposed amendment. Your obsession with this obscure issue makes me fear for your mental balance.

          • James White says:

            The can amended any and everything in the constitution, including the ratification process (just like they did at the First and Only convention).

          • Perry Aubric says:

            You are absolutely dead wrong. Why don’t you actually read Article V. I just did. Any amendment proposed by a convention must be ratified by the states. It seems you have been raving about something, but you don’t know what the hell you are talking about.

          • James White says:

            Perry can you read?
            “when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, ” Oh do you know the LEGISLATURES had NO input to the 21’st Amendment???

          • James White says:

            Perry the convention can EVEN change the Amendment ratification process….. Wake Up !

  • Canoneer2 says:

    Big Cheeses in Tennessee state government make big money. I guess private business isn’t quite as lucrative for these folks as they would like.

  • benton temple says:

    Judd Matheny is a walking disaster and major red flag for ethics. Rumor is that the really bad opposition research on him was never used because he never polled high enough to matter.

  • Tom Rice says:

    Judd has been a strong advocate for conservatives. We need this to offset the extreme liberalism rampant in today’s politics

  • Cannoneer2 says:

    Leave it to a bunch of politicians to sniff out a six figure job without too much workload.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Good alias, Lofti

  • Elmer Gantry says:

    Is former TNGA Rep. Judd Ellis Matheny still on the employee payroll of Florida corporation QMEDRX, INC. (Maitland) of which the reported Islamophobe Andrew W. Miller, Jr. serves as a corporate director?

  • Elmer Gantry says:

    It appears that QMEDRX, INC. went “inactive” on March 4, 2019:

    Omed RX (name listed incorrectly by Mathney)
    630 w. Wymore Rd. #370, Maitland, FL
    Income received by: Filer

    Detail by Entity Name
    (Florida Secretary of State)

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