Press Release from the Zach Wamp Campaign for Governor, Feb. 10, 2010:
Wamp Says Governor’s Race “Not for Sale”
Nashville, Tenn. – Knoxville mayor and wealthy oil executive Bill Haslam today decided to expand his unprecedented and early TV advertising buy in Tennessee’s gubernatorial race to include all statewide broadcast affiliates but only after Zach Wamp’s overwhelming victory in last weekend’s West Tennessee GOP straw poll in Jackson.
As reported last week, Haslam originally purchased broadcast TV advertisements only in Wamp’s hometown of Chattanooga – but following Wamp’s straw poll win, the Haslam campaign quickly expanded their broadcast buy to include all of the state’s other major media markets. Media analysts project that the Haslams total media buy will now exceed $1 million in production and placement costs just during February alone.
“Mr. Haslam can spend whatever he wants out of the family fortune to help his campaign, but he needs to know that this Governor’s race is not for sale this year,” Wamp said. “More so this time than in any time in recent memory, big money is not going to be the determining factor in this election because the people are sick of all of the big money and the big special interests, like the oil companies, calling all of the shots.”
“Instead, this election is going to be decided by the people — based on ideas, vision, strength and results about who can do the best job for Tennessee — and the fact is after more than a year of campaigning, Bill Haslam has simply not been able to make the case on any of those, which probably explains the earliest and most expensive TV buy ever in any Tennessee campaign.”
Wamp scored the straw poll victory at the Madison County Republican Reagan Day Dinner in Jackson on Friday night — winning it by more than two to one. Wamp pulled in nearly 50 percent of the straw poll vote doubling the total of the runner up. Wamp led the way with 225 votes, followed by Bill Haslam with 111 votes, Ron Ramsey with 88 votes and Bill Gibbons, who received 48 votes.
“We have a great team of leaders committed to our campaign who are helping carry our 20/20 Vision for an even better Tennessee all across our state.” Wamp continued. “I have visited and campaigned in all 95 Tennessee counties, and voters are hungry for specific plans and ideas to help get folks back to work and to get our economy moving again. That’s why our 20/20 Vision is taking hold, why our campaign is on the move, and why we are going to win.”