The endorsement came in the form of a Letter To The Editor in the local paper; published 18 October 2012.
Now, that’s a nice letter, talking about the great job (“huge contributions”) Hann is doing – seen by the residents that subscribe to the local paper right before election day. But nowhere does Mr. Tyler, of Boys and Tyler Financial, disclose that there might just be a slight conflict of interest: Hann works for Tyler.
One would think the voters of Eden Prairie and Minnetonka, in Senate District 48, should know that.
Should Hann be re-elected, Hann will go back to the State Capitol, in the Legislature, where he’s the Chair of Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee. Why is that committee important? Because it oversees and writes legislation affecting the health insurance industry; the industry Mr. Tyler’s company (Boys & Tyler Financial) is in, which is the company Hann works for. How convenient – for them.
In the story “Conflict of Interest? David Hann, GOP Health Insurance Salesman” (25 Oct 2012), we posted a picture of “an ‘invitation-only” event hosted by the Republican Health Care Task Force (RHCTF) of the MN GOP at the State Capitol on November 3, 2011.” In the caption above the picture, it’s noted that NOT pictured are John Tyler, and David Hann.
We know by this screen shot that Tyler and Hann were scheduled for another health care forum, on 17 October 2012.
Tyler and his employee, Hann, have been involved in working on health care legislation for at least a year. What we don’t know is how long Hann has been an employee of Tyler. In fact, Tyler’s Letter to the Editor failed to disclose Hann even is an employee.
Hann needs to come clean and clear the air.
Links to previous coverage follows.
“Conflict of Interest? David Hann, GOP Health Insurance Salesman” — 5:00am, Thursday October 25th, 2012
“When is a Conflict of Interest, a Conflict of Interest? You Decide.” — Thursday, October 25th, 2012
“What does Sen. David Hann do for a living?” — 7:55pm, Thursday October 25th
“Fox9 News Scandal Coverage: “What does Sen. David Hann do for a living?” — 10:41am, Friday, October 26th
“TV station sees conflict of interest for Sen. Hann, others” — 2:12pm, Friday, October 26th
BREAKING: David Hann Scrubs His Website, or: “Let The WhiteWash Begin!” — 9:35 pm, Friday, October 26th
BREAKING: David Hann On Board Of Directors For Trade Association He Oversees — Monday, October 29th
(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)