The Tennessee State Museum has raised some eyebrows over its planned exhibit featuring a sitting Senator who is running for reelection in 2014. The museum postponed the exhibit featuring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander after a NewsChannel 5 investigation raised questions about the basic fairness of the idea.
The taxpayer-supported museum had been working with Alexander’s campaign on an exhibit that would travel across the state — while the senator was running for re-election.
After NewsChannel 5 Investigates requested e-mails from the state museum, officials abruptly postponed the exhibit until after next year’s election.
The e-mails show Alexander’s campaign worked with the museum on the timing and even funding for the exhibit.
Jim Geraghty of National Review’s Campaign Spot compared the Tennessee State Museum’s Alexander exhibit to CNN and NBC’s decision to air Hillary Clinton movies on their networks.
“So if the Tennessee State Museum can figure out that it’s inappropriate to turn itself into a partisan instituion, openly advocating for the reelection of a particular elected official, why can’t NBC figure that out about their Hillary Clinton movie?” he asked.