Democratic donor running ads hitting Hensley over prescription case involving paramour

A copy of newspaper ads Bill Freeman is running in the district of Sen. Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald)

Prominent Democratic donor Bill Freeman of Nashville is running ads in Republican state Sen. Joey Hensley’s district criticizing the Hohenwald physician over conflicting testimony about how long he was romantically involved with a second cousin to whom he had prescribed opioids.

The state Board of Medical Examiners last year placed Hensley’s license on a three-year probation. Hensley had argued in a hearing that writing prescriptions for relatives was unavoidable in a small town like Hohenwald, suggesting it would have been “discrimination” for him to refuse them treatment.

The senator later acknowledged other medical care is available, as a doctor and nurse practitioner routinely visit the town. The Tennessean reported medical board member Neal Beckford noted Columbia is only 30 miles away, meaning other medical options may be “inconvenient
but not insurmountable.”

The Tennessean recently followed up with a story about how Hensley’s involvement with his second-cousin may have lasted longer than the brief spell he testified about during the hearing.

Read the full release from Freeman below:

Nashville, Tenn., June 7, 2021 – Tenn. State Senator Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald), a medical doctor with a practice in the small town of Hohenwald, Tenn., is facing “conflicting testimony.” As far back as December of 2014 Hensley was accused of unethically prescribing opioids and controlled substances for his family members, including his second cousin, with whom he was having sex. In November of last year, his medical license was put on probation when the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners unanimously found him in violation of medical ethical standards. The “conflicting testimony” charges he’s currently facing relate to how long his relationship with his cousin actually went on and how often he prescribed the drugs for her. The Tennessean, noted during a discipline hearing before the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners, a state investigator testified Hensley wrote this woman [his cousin] at least 47 prescriptions for controlled substances from 2011 to 2018, which includes the time period of their romantic relationship.

Hensley had claimed his relationship with his cousin was short-lived and that only two prescriptions fell into that timeframe. Sworn documents from his cousin’s divorce trial detailing her statements show their relationship went on for years, not months. Additionally, the couple spent the night together in a hotel two years after the senator claimed the relationship had ended.

The senator was already fined $2000 and his medical license put on probation but the consequences could have been much more harsh if the board would have had information that proved a longer relationship and longer periods of unethical behavior. The Tennessee Department
of Health would be responsible for re-examining his testimony. The Medical Examiners’ Board could restart the investigation by filing a new complaint about conflicting testimony with the health department – and invoke a harsher punishment.

In 2017, nearly 1800 Tennesseans died from drug overdose and 1,268 were from opioids, according to the Tenn. Dept. of Health. Senator Hensley serves on the Tennessee Senate’s Health and Welfare Committee, where he considers legislation that regulates opioids. He knows the dangers of addiction.

Governor Lee has remained quiet throughout this entire debacle. Despite his own reputation for moral standards, ethics and family values he and the Republican Party leadership have not taken a position.

Senator Hensley has been a disgrace to his party, has been reported as practicing unethical behavior via inappropriate RXs and affairs to perhaps even lying. Why is the governor not speaking up and getting that guy out of there?

21 Responses to Democratic donor running ads hitting Hensley over prescription case involving paramour

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    Jason Wallflower says:

    Yes, we know. Hensley is not an ideal public servant.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    Just another in the LOOONNG list of corrupted Republicans in this state and this country. Thank GOD we have reason and progressive policies from our national leaders now. Keep Republicans out of the treasury!!!

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    Wonder if Mr. Freeman had issues with 29 yo Kamala Harris’s affair with the married 60 yo Willie Brown, who then appointed her to two high paying state commissions? And of course, we all know about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky (and others). How about Ted Kennedy and that unfortunate Chappaquiddick incident in which he managed to extract his drunken self from the vehicle as Mary Jo Kopechne drowned. As a Democrat donor, I guess he selectively takes out ads against immoral behavior when it’s politically expedient to do so. As for Senator Hensley, his constituency re-elected him last November with 78% of the vote. In spite of his highly publicized immoral behavior, the constituency prefers him over the Democrat by a hefty margin.

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      Cryan says:

      Which of your examples involved incest and illegal opioid prescriptions? The man deserves to lose his medical license permanently. Who gives a damn if Holeinthewall, Tennessee wants a cousin kisser to represent them? Bill Lee’s health department should stop covering for a pill pusher and remove his license. Too many people have died because of doctors like this pig.

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        MARLE says:

        As every jurisdiction went after the Pharma companies and in some jurisdictions the Pharmacies, the one entity left untouched legally and financially are the Doctors (only pain clinic physicians are the exception). Ironically the people who took a professional oath to first do no harm have not been prosecuted and have been rendered blameless.

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        LeeAnn C. says:

        I was just questioning the extent of Mr. Freeman’s moral boundaries since he’s investing an extensive amount of money to enlighten others about immoral behavior by policians. As to what Senator Hensley “deserves”, apparently the Medical Examiner’s Board has made their decision. I’m sure they’ll reconsider if you spoke to them. I missed the part of the article that addressed how many addicts resulted from Senator Hensley’s prescriptions. Where did you find that relevant information? When you do, be sure to forward that to the Medical Examiner’s Board.

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          Cryan says:

          I. “Apparently the Medical Examiner’s Board has made their decision.”

          Yes, they did – based on the lie and perjured testimony that the sexual relationship with his kin-folk only lasted a month or two.

          “Sworn documents from his cousin’s divorce trial detailing her statements show their relationship went on for years, not months. Additionally, the couple spent the night together in a hotel two years after the senator claimed the relationship had ended.”

          II. Tennessee has been ravaged by the opioid epidemic, but your pledge of allegiance to the GQP makes you defend Hensley and Marsha Blackburn.

          They both have blood on their hands. But you must defend them just because they like Trump. You would rather Tennesseans die from Opioid overdoses than for Joey Hensley (Incest man) to look bad in the Holeinthewall, TN newspaper.

          III. Your first comment was fruitlessly trying to point out moral hypocrisy of the left.

          Democrats don’t run on family values. Republicans do. Use your brain. You just made their point for them. Bill Clinton, Kamala Harris, and Ted Kennedy “got away with it” because they never pretended to be perfect. Joey Hensley ran for office in a party where God ordained them to be a Senator, and they would restore family Christian values, etc. There’s the hypocrisy you were grasping for.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Absolutely right LeeAnn. State senators with an ACU rating of 85% don’t grow on trees. It’s the 85% that’s important, not the Joey’s love life. Congratulations to the vast majority of voters in the 28th District for prioritizing what is important in politics and to Bill Lee for having the sense to stay away. As for Bill Freeman, when the Democrats running in our liberal ghettos don’t need your money, and there are so few Democrats with any hope of winning outside of those ghettos who can realistically use your money, why not try to stir up some trouble for the Super-Majority party anywhere you can. Right Bill?

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        Cryan says:

        Bill doesn’t have to stir anything up. President Trump has just about signed a deal with the Pennsylvania GQP to allow the fine, upstanding, and totally not embarrassing Arizona 2020 auditors to commence an audit in PA. It should be getting underway early next year… During the midterms.

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    AGS says:

    Thank God for Free Speech and the Freedom of Intimate Association (Hensley definitely appreciates this freedom)!

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    Cryan says:

    “It’s the 85% that’s important, not the Joey’s love life.”

    Stuart I. Anderson, renter of women, just endorsed INCEST! No wonder he was okay with the fantasy role play between young Cade Cotter and Daddy Casada (Minute Men).

    Family Values, Christian Republicans my ass!

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Regular readers of this forum please be careful! It is possible that if you read enough of some of the regular contributors and you take what they say seriously you will find your storehouse of knowledge and perhaps your IQ actually DECLINE such are the factual errors and nonsense contained therein.

    For example, “INCEST” is sexual intercourse between persons so closely related that they are forbidden by law to marry. In Tennessee one cannot commit incest with a person simply because one shares a great-grandparent with that person.

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      Cryan says:

      NASTY!!!!

      You did say you were a WASP Yankee transplant. You’ve also defended the royal family (who we beat in 1776) because of one of Tucker’s Outrage of the Day segment I suppose.

      Are you the product of cousin-love like your Anglo-Saxon ancestors?

      Cousin fucking is incest no matter what Tennessee state law says it is, inbred.

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        Cryan says:

        I just can’t get over how NASTY you are!

        It’s one thing to defend an incest fantasy between two consenting adult men (Daddy and Son “Minute Man”).

        Joey Hensley fucked his blood cousin and you’re defending that because Tennessee state law is ok with inbreeding?

        Let’s not forget he had his license suspended three years for over-prescribing OXY. The point of this article is somebody lied under oath. Hensley or the divorcee.

        “CONFLICTING TESTIMONY” – It’s there in black and white.

        Stuart, Joey Hensley, and Glen Casada: Family Values

        NASTY PERVERTS

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      MARLE says:

      Stuart….just look at you getting all “micro-analysis” of this incest issue. Incest has about as many definitions as there are states in the US. Sometimes you have to look at FACTS. Good thing most on this site are not the “label hurlers” that you are.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Conservatives will ALWAYS define something so it is in their favor. That is the way they operate. The guy is sleazy and has some pretty below-the-bar standards when it comes to family relationships, but he has one of those high “Magical Mystery Scores” that don’t mean a thing except to people who enjoy and thrive around low-bar standards. There must be some “grading on the curve system” with theses ratings; most of these consistently high scorers in this mystery system just don’t impress the public judges that much. Even the ones that don’t get arrested.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        No micro-analysis required or performed. I didn’t raise the topic of “INCEST” some easily excitable fellow did about acts that apparently occurred in Tennessee. Once he did as a public service I pointed out that the acts in question weren’t “INCEST”. Now if someone wants to take us on a magical mystery tour of the topic of “INCEST” its various definitions in various places at various time, NOW THAT’S MICRO-ANALYSIS!

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          MARLE says:

          That’s EXACTLY what I say when all I do is state facts. See how curious it is that it’s micro analysis when I do exactly what you did…..state the facts. Difference is that YOU are always Mis-labeling that simple exercise. Stating the facts IS NOT EVER micro analyzing. Glad you finally get it! You’re slow on the uptake but eventually it sinks in. Good Job (pats head approvingly).

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            Stuart has this knack of twisting any group of words to meet his delusional impression of THE definition he so badly wants.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Even Stuart agrees that the Heritage Scores just “score” the issues that conservatives want to score. Now anybody with any sense will tell you that… a score of ONLY the things I WANT and CHOOSE MYSELF to score is absolutely ridiculous; it borders on comical, but it is sacred to the conservatives. These useless scores fit right in and mesh perfectly with the lofty conservative logic.

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