Haslam admits crowd-pleasing anecdote not true - WSMV News 4

Haslam admits crowd-pleasing anecdote not true

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Gov. Bill Haslam has added a new detail to his oft-told anecdote about his wife Crissy's high school boyfriend.

He is acknowledging the story isn't true.

Haslam has been warming up crowds before his speeches with a story about the former boyfriend named Ernie who's now a convenience store clerk. The punchline involves speculation that Ernie would have become the governor had Crissy Haslam married him instead of Bill Haslam.

Reporters who noticed differences in Haslam's telling of the story asked the Republican governor Tuesday if the tale was true. Haslam immediately responded with a laugh that Ernie isn't real.

Haslam said he's uncertain about the origin of the anecdote, but suggested might have been first told by former President Bill Clinton.

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