Last week, when the David Hann scandal began to unfold, the first story (“Conflict of Interest? David Hann, GOP Health Insurance Salesman”) contained the screenshot to the right. And that’s because that screenshot is what started this story. Here’s what that tweet says: ”News Today at MAHU forum: Sen David Hann, (R-MN) has license to sell insurance, has joined Boys & Tyler Fiancial, & is now on a MAHU board”
That story led to these:
“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
Which I followed up last Friday, with this:
But one thing bothered me last week, from that tweet: “…& is now on a MAHU board.” When I confirmed the tweet with Ms. Brase, I asked her which board at the Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters she was referring to. The reply was the announcement was made by the MAHU President, Alycia Riedl; it was noisy and Ms. Brase didn’t catch which board – so I should contact Ms. Riedl for specifics. So I did.
Phone call and two emails. Followed it up with a phone call today; got a “no comment; I won’t talk to you but I will talk to a reporter.”
Heads up, reporters reading this!
On a hunch, I called the registered lobbyist for MAHU – and just got off the phone with him. The Lobbyist confirmed David Hann is on the Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters Board of Directors. Not just a committee of MAHU, which would be bad enough, but “the” board of directors.
So we have a State Senator chairing a committee overseeing a trade association he’s on the board of, and has a lobbyist to lobby, well, him??!?
Well, maybe not specifically “him” but certainly his employer, Boys & Tyler Financial. Well, and his co-worker at Boys & Tyler Financial, and colleague at the State Capitol, Steve Gottwalt.
All this done with what appears to be an effort to conceal what industry Hann works in and who his employer is.
If the Legislature were in session, one would expect an ethics complaint (or two) would be filed.
At the least, Senator Hann should immediately resign his Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.