Press Release from Bill Haslam for Governor; July 22, 2010:
New Ad Sets the Record Straight on His, Opponent’s Records
NASHVILLE – Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam has run his campaign focused on the issues of job creation, education and conservative budget management, but now he is setting the record straight after recent false attack ads by his fading and desperate opponents.
Haslam has maintained that while he would focus on the critical issues facing Tennessee and its citizens, he reserved the right to defend his record, knowing the Washington Congressman and State Senator would seek to muddy the waters on his record and theirs because of their trailing and failing campaigns.
Haslam’s new ad, “Enough is Enough”, does just that, focusing on the Congressman’s continuous and erroneous allegations and untruths.
Haslam has also in recent days responded to questions on the trail posed by the State Senator’s recent attack ad which makes intentionally false statements about Haslam. Knoxville has the lowest property tax rates in more than 50 years. Haslam never led an anti-gun group, and he never supported an Al Gore run. In 1988, he gave a fellow Tennessean $1,000 to retire some campaign debt after his candidacy ended.
As for his opponents supporting Democrats, the Congressman could be seen and heard as recently as 2004 bragging about his support for Jimmy Carter on the House floor and just this year refused to return a donation from one of the Congressional Democrats most responsible for the passage of ObamaCare. Mr. Ramsey supported legislation with a $40,000 price tag to Tennessee taxpayers that honored Al Gore’s vice presidency, but he didn’t support a Republican for Speaker until he voted for himself.
“I’ve focused my campaign over the last 18 months on the very serious issues facing Tennessee and its next governor,” Haslam said. “My opponents, Congressman Wamp and State Senator Ramsey, have focused their efforts on misleading the public about my record and theirs.”
“Enough is enough, and I and my campaign will set the record straight with facts because this election is too important for voters to be purposefully misled by career politicians,” Haslam added.
“For Bill Haslam’s opponents, desperate times call for desperate measures, and the State Senator and Washington Congressman seem content with trivializing the race with unfounded and personal attacks, which smack of desperate and failing campaigns forced to throw Hail Marys,” said David Smith, Campaign Spokesperson.
“They have been wrong all along in their failed charges, and it’s time someone called them on it,” Smith said. “Bill Haslam is running a campaign focused on how he would work to move the state forward, but his opponents want to take the Republican Party backwards to the days of dirty politics that put Democrats in power.”
“Tennessee faces too many challenges and has too many unique opportunities for the governor’s race to be unraveled by mudslinging and personal attacks, and I won’t stand idly by as my record is dragged through the mud by politicians who have contributed to our current predicament,” Haslam said.
Mayor Haslam is the two-term Republican Mayor of Knoxville, reelected in 2007 with 87 percent of the vote. A hardworking, conservative public servant, Haslam led Knoxville to become one of the top ten metropolitan areas for business and expansion, while reducing the city’s debt, tripling the rainy day fund, reducing the number of city employees to the lowest amount in 15 years and bringing property taxes to the lowest rate in 50 years. An executive leader with a proven record of success, he helped grow his family’s small business from 800 employees into one of Tennessee’s largest companies with 14,000 employees.
For more information on Bill Haslam, please visit www.BillHaslam.com.