Groups Criticize Lawyer Hired by Gov. Haslam

Local and national groups are taking aim at Samar Ali, a lawyer recently hired by Gov. Bill Haslam as the new international director for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). The groups, including the Center for Security Policy and the 8th District Tea Party Coalition, depict Ali as an Islamic fundamentalist with close ties to President Barack Obama. Such claims are spurious says Clint Brewer, an ECD spokesman, who also said there were no plans to replace her. The Daily News Journal reports