Press Release from the Tennessee Republican Party, Nov. 17, 2011:
President Obama Has Found His Candidate For Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District
NASHVILLE, TN – President Obama has found his candidate to run for Congress in Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District. Today, State Senator Eric Stewart made his announcement official.
Stewart’s voting record in the State Senate defines where he stands ideologically on the major issues facing Tennessee and the country. His record includes killing legislation that would attract more businesses to Tennessee and encourage existing businesses to expand and create good-paying jobs. Stewart also voted against giving greater choice to parents in deciding how their children will be educated; and has failed to take any action to uphold the integrity of our electoral process.
“I’m not surprised that Senator Stewart is so eager to be closer to President Obama in Washington, where he hopes his liberal voting record will be greeted more warmly than it has in Tennessee,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.
“It seems that Senator Stewart is desperate to get to Washington because his current long-distance relationship with Obama wasn’t as easy as he thought it would be,” said Devaney.
In 2008, Senator Stewart’s campaign was funded by the same big labor who funded and endorsed President Obama. Stewart received over $25,000 from groups like the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union who said of Obama, “(he) will help us keep existing jobs and work to develop new higher-paying jobs here in America.” Stewart’s campaign was also funded by the AFL-CIO who said, “Obama knows what it’s going to take to create an economy that works for everyone.”
Eric Stewart’s Liberal Voting Record
- Voted against pro-job legislation that enacted tort reform to curb frivolous lawsuits (HB 2008 5/12/11).
- Voted against charter school access expansion which gives parents more choices for their child’s education (SB 2133 5/7/09).
- Voted against requiring proof of citizenship in order to register to vote (HB 0270 5/1/10).
- Did not vote on a Constitutional Amendment to prohibit a state income tax (SJR 221 5/18/11).
- Voted against requiring a photo ID in order to vote (SB 0016 5/20/11).