Bill Lee, the Republican nominee for governor, reached out to the American Muslim Advisory Council after they criticized reports about the Lee campaign's attempts to get a photo of Karl Dean at a "Muslim event."
Sabina Mohyuddin, the program manager for the Nashville-based advisory council, said Lee called her Wednesday afternoon and explained that he wanted to meet with her and other leaders in the Muslim community.
"I think he didn't want that incident to define who he was," Mohyuddin said in an interview. "He was adamant that, that was not who he is."
On Tuesday, the Lee campaign came under fire for jokingly asking a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper if his staff could get a photo of his opponent, Democrat Karl Dean, at a "Muslim event."