News and Notes from the 2006 Campaign Trail in Tennessee

Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP) -- Democrat Harold Ford Junior says e-mails show Republican Bob Corker, his opponent in the US Senate race, played a role in former Governor Don Sundquist's attempt to pass a state income tax.

A Corker campaign spokesman calls the claim laughable, saying corker had left his post as Finance Commissioner long before there was discussion of imposing an income tax.

Corker served for about 18 months under Sundquist and left the administration in mid-1996. Sundquist didn't start publicly calling for an income tax until 1999, during his second four-year term.

Following a campaign stop in Murfreesboro, Ford said of Corker and the failed tax initiative, "he either wrote on it, advised on it or did nothing to stop it because he was Governor Sundquist's Finance Commissioner."

Copyright 2006 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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