Admitting he's not a constitutional lawyer, Haslam answers constitutional law questions

Speaking to Nashville Republicans, the governor defended his decision to hire a qualified person to do an economic development job and didn't take the bait on an Origination Clause question:

But Haslam did he did dismiss one suggestion. One audience member suggested last summer’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act opened a constitutional issue about the law because justices determined it was a tax. Under the Constitution, taxes are supposed to originate in the House of Representatives, but the audience member said the Affordable Care Act originated in the Senate and he said Tennessee could contest that fact before the Supreme Court.

Haslam, however, said it’s fairly late in the game to lodge another court challenge.

“I’m not a constitutional lawyer. I’m not even a lawyer,” Haslam said. “There’s a whole lot of different challenges going on right now, and my situation is this: In the meantime, we have to govern Tennessee.”