Tennessee state representative Bo Mitchell has filed a lawsuit against a group airing negative political ads against him.
Mitchell is suing the Tennessee Federation for Children for a series of ads claiming he has taken over $100,000 from special interest groups and that he was part of a ponzi scheme responsible for taking $17,000 from investors.
Mitchell told News 2 the group is from out of state and is running the ads because Mitchell opposes the school voucher programs.
“These outright lies against me and my family are a desperate attempt by an out-of-state special interest group, trying to defeat be so they can push through their radical anti-public school agenda,” he said.
The Tennessee Federation for Children has bought airtime on local tv stations, including WKRN-News 2 for ads against Mitchell and Democratic candidate for David Shepard who is running for re-election of his seat as a state representative from District 69 which includes Hickman and parts of Maury and Dickson Counties.
“We want the courts to say that the ad is false, it’s defaming adn it places representative Mitchell in a false light,” said Mitchell’s attorney Gerard Stranch.
“Bo has been one of the ring leaders who’s worked hard to stop the pro-voucher movement and they’re trying to take him out as a result of that,” Stranch said.
News 2 attempted to contact someone from Tennessee Federation for Children but had not received a response by late Thursday.