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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:40 AM
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TVA Worker Lied in Shuler Inquiry
Source: Asheville Citizen-Times

WASHINGTON A Tennessee Valley Authority employee lied about that worker's knowledge of the controversial land development that involved Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., an internal TVA report released Tuesday reveals.

In response to requests from media outlets, TVA released a redacted version of an investigation by the agency's Office of Inspector General into the conduct of the employee. It was an offshoot of a broader probe by the inspector general into the way TVA handled a request to grant water access for The Cove at Blackberry Ridge, a housing development located on Watts Bar Lake, near Knoxville, Tenn. Shuler was a partner in the project.

That investigation concluded in June that Shuler, who serves on a committee that oversees TVA, created a conflict of interest and the appearance of preferential treatment but found no evidence that he had actually received preferential treatment or personally tried to pressure TVA.

That investigation also mentioned that a separate report involving personnel issues had been completed and forwarded to TVA managers.

The redacted report states that an unidentified employee provided false information during the inspector general's investigation. The employee was not candid when that person denied to the media that Shuler had contacted TVA about the project and denied to the inspector general that the employee was aware that Shuler was an owner of Blackberry.

The report does not state whether any disciplinary action was taken against the employee, and a TVA spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment on the matter. Three redacted pages were released and 11 pages and attachments were withheld.

Still being withheld by TVA, which has rejected several public records requests, is a companion report by the inspector general on Shuler's conduct that it forwarded in June to the House Ethics Committee. The TVA Office of the Inspector General said it made no judgment about whether Shuler's behavior violated ethical standards. Shuler has also refused to release the report and declined comment.

more: http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=...
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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:48 AM
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1. Blue Dogs = I got mine, screw you Republicanism
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:51 AM
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2. Is Shuler the guy who used to post here?
There was someone who posted here that was running for office that on first read seemed like a good guy but upon further scrutiny turned out to not be so.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:55 AM
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3. I don't know about that.
I never saw him post here.
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:00 AM
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5. shuler-4-you or something like that
I wish I could remember the name this person had used but we had a poster here for a while early on when I signed up that was running for office, representative I think it was. That damn alzheimer's is kicking in again ;-)
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:57 AM
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4. No big deal
I think that AG Holder's decision on Bradley Schlozman has proven that lying to investigators doesn't really matter. Abuse of office, corruption, ethical breaches? Nothing to see here. Hey, didja see Kanye West did something stupid?
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