Hargett staffer reserved website for gov’s race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A political consultant hired to work in Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office reserved a website in the event his boss decided to run for governor.

WTVF-TV in Nashville reports (http://bit.ly/15yfDpB ) that Hargett paid consultant Dennis Berwyn of North Carolina $6,000 a month as his director of policy. Berwyn managed a public relations campaign and newsletter called Tennessee Business Spotlight that heavily featured Hargett’s likeness and name.

While Hargett insisted that Berwyn’s work was not political, WTVF found that Berwyn is also the owner of the Internet domain for HargettForGovernor.com.

Hargett acknowledged that the connection “doesn’t look good,” but said the website registration was meant to protect him.

Following the WTVF interview, Hargett contacted other media to announce that he has no plans to run for governor in 2018.