However, given CM Wilhoite's employment ties at the Tennessee Regulatory Authority to the wife a major Music City Center lobbyist, I'm not so sure that she can vote at all on the measure. Concerned citizen Mike Peden pointed out to me that Ms. Wilhoite has a somewhat beholden relationship to lobbyist Dave Cooley's wife, Melanie Cooley, who is the advisory head of Personnel. Mike described what he found out yesterday in a phone call to the state:
I called the TRA yesterday and asked if there is any reporting relationship between Ms. Wilhoite and Ms. Cooley. I was told there is. Both report to the Division Chief, but as Personnel Director Ms. Cooley advises the Division Chief in all personnel related matters, including any issues that concern Ms. Wilhoite.Given these circumstances, I don't see how CM Wilhoite can vote on the Music City Center without appearing to lapse into a conflict of interest, especially if she votes for the MCC. Her primary source of income depends in part on the feedback of Melanie Cooley who stands to gain financially from a successful lobbying campaign for MCC by her husband.
Have I overlooked something here?