Sen. Green re-thinking investment in Andy Miller company

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Sen. Mark Green, one of the leading contenders for Tennessee governor in 2018, says he is re-thinking financial ties to a company run by a prominent GOP donor who settled a federal fraud case involving the military health care program.

The donor, Andy Miller Jr., has been a major backer of tea party candidates and issues in recent years. He bankrolled a 2011 trip to Europe for six state lawmakers billed as a “fact-finding mission” about the dangers of radical Islam and was a major supporter of former GOP Rep. Jeremy Durham, who was recently expelled from the Legislature.

Green, a former Army physician whose military background has been featured heavily in his political campaigns, said he is reevaluating his investment in Miller’s company, Diatech Oncology of Franklin. The Clarksville Republican said he was inspired to invest in the company because of his own fight against colon cancer, but declined to say how much money is involved.

Green, who is has long been eying a bid to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam called reassessing the investment “the right thing to do.”

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