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Ball, Alexander Trying to Outdistance Each Other from Obama

Depending on who you talk to, both candidates for Tennessee’s U.S. Senate seat up for grabs this year have a lot in common with Barack Obama.

Earlier this week the Tennessee Republican Party pitched out a press release painting a vote for Gordon Ball, the Democratic Party’s candidate for Senate, as a vote in favor of Obama’s “agenda,” which includes Obamacare, higher taxes, less restrictions on abortion, unions and gun control.

“Like many Democrats in Tennessee—and every personal injury lawyer I’ve come across—Ball will try to cloak himself with conservative rhetoric in order to win,” TNGOP Chairman Chris Devaney said in a news release. “But the reality is: He’ll be one more vote for Barack Obama’s agenda.”

In Devaney’s telling, Tennesseans face a straightforward choice. They can send Alexander back to Washington so he can “defend us from President Obama,” or they can put the bat in the hands of Ball, who would be “Obama’s lapdog in the Senate.”

Ball thinks Team Lamar is overplaying just how dependably Alexander can be relied upon to take on the president. He launched the You-Love-Obama accusation right back at the third-term-seeking Beltway insider.

It’s Lamar Alexander who’s earned a reputation as one of the White House’s pet senators, having “voted with President Barack Obama 62 percent of the time,” a press release from the Ball camp indicated Tuesday.

Ball noted that’d he’d be starting with a clean slate if elected. “I have voted with (the president) 0 percent of the time,” he said. And he fashions himself as more middle-of-the-road than left-of-center. Ball compared his political leanings to those of Ned McWherter and Phil Bredesen.

Ball’s strategy of distancing himself from a president with whom he shares party affiliation looks to resemble that of Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky, another upstart Southern Democrat looking to upset a GOP fixture on the national political scene. Grimes is running to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In a recent TV ad featuring her shooting clay pigeons, Grimes also took aim at McConnell’s loyalty to University of Kentucky basketball and his knowledge of basic firearms safety. She also peppered the president. “I disagree with him on guns, coal and the EPA,” she said.

Grimes was the keynote speaker this summer at the Tennessee Democratic Party’s Jackson Day Dinner. Neither Ball, nor his opponent in the Democratic primary, Terry Adams, spoke at that event.

Ball and Alexander will get a chance to go mano a mano to hash out who’s more Obama-esque next month. Both have agreed to appear at an Oct. 16 state Farm Bureau candidates’ forum at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.

TN GOP: Ball On Board with Obama Agenda

Press release from the Tennessee Republican Party; September 15, 2014:

State Republican Party launches new web ad and new site, ObamaBallAgenda.com, to expose Gordon Ball’s support for Barack Obama’s liberal agenda

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—President Barack Obama has his sights set on Tennessee this fall.

While Tennessee has increasingly become a Republican stronghold, Washington Democrats believe they have an opening to gain a foothold in the Volunteer State with the November 4th election. In the last few months, news reports have surfaced that reveal a secretive liberal agenda targeting Tennessee. Whether it is with a former OFA staffer running for Congress or the funding of a liberal strategist for a pro-abortion campaign against Amendment One, it’s clear Democrats believe Tennessee can be turned into a battleground.

And, at the top of the ticket, will be a man who would be one more vote for Barack Obama’s harmful agenda — Gordon Ball. Mr. Ball, a liberal personal injury lawyer from Knoxville, will only serve to empower Obama and strengthen Washington’s stranglehold on our economy.

“Ball’s thin record and slick plan to fool voters should be alarming to Tennesseans,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney. “Like many Democrats in Tennessee—and every personal injury lawyer I’ve come across—Ball will try to cloak himself with conservative rhetoric in order to win. But the reality is: He’ll be one more vote for Barack Obama’s agenda. His commitment to ObamaCare and the fact he would help President Obama impose more job-destroying taxes and regulations, all while eroding our Second Amendment rights and the rights of the unborn, proves he wouldn’t be a bluedog—he’d be Obama’s lapdog in the Senate.”

To counter the efforts of the Tennessee Democratic Party and Gordon Ball’s own self-financed public image campaign, the Tennessee Republican Party today announces the creation of a new website designed to be a strategic resource center for voters and journalists alike. The site, ObamaBallAgenda.com, will reveal the truth about Gordon Ball’s record and explore his support for the liberal Obama agenda.

Additionally, the TNGOP released a :30 web advertisement that can be seen by clicking here, that highlights Gordon Ball’s campaign to be one more reliable vote for Barack Obama’s reckless agenda in Washington.

Devaney added, “Tennessee has been at the forefront in the conservative movement. We’ve had–and continue to have–outstanding leaders who look for solutions and reflect the values of our citizens. This fall, we have the chance to return one of those leaders, Senator Lamar Alexander, back to the Senate to defend us from President Obama. The last thing voters should do is be tricked by Gordon Ball’s campaign–an effort that promises to be as slick and contrived as the candidate himself.”
Background

The liberal agenda in Tennessee will take several forms this fall, including:

Tracy, Desjarlais Lawyer Up, Sherrell Preps for Nov.

Several days after Tennessee voters cast their ballots in party primaries and local elections, the Republican nominee to represent the state’s 4th Congressional District in November is still up in the air.

The race between Jasper physician Scott Desjarlais, a two-term incumbent, and Shelbyville state Senator Jim Tracy is so close — less than 50 votes separate the challenger from the incumbent — that both candidates have declared themselves the winner, and have sought legal counsel.

Sen. TracyTracy, an insurance agent and two-and-a-half term state senator, announced his candidacy in January 2013 in the wake of the revelation in fall of 2012 that Desjarlais, the pro-life doctor and GOP nominee for the U.S. House seat, had in the past had sex with patients and later pressured one to get an abortion.

However, Desjarlais did well with rural voters, who seemed more inclined to consider his voting record than his troubled past when it came to casting their ballots, according to the Associated Press.

According to unofficial election totals from the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office, Desjarlais came in with 34,787 votes, and Tracy had 34,752 — a 35 vote difference.

scott desJarlais  pic mugFourth Congressional District provisional ballot voters had until close-of-business Monday to make their way to their local election offices with a proper form of identification to ensure that their votes count, though it could be several days until the total vote tally is completed, according to the AP.

Only two provisional ballots were approved by Grundy County Election officials Monday night, one for each candidate, the Times Free Press and AP report.

Bill Green, the state executive committeeman for Tennessee’s 16th Senate District — which includes Coffee, Marion, Franklin, Grundy and Sequatchie Counties, told TNReport Monday that he had not been in touch with anybody else on the executive committee about what they’re going to do once the provisional ballots are counted.

Calls to both the Republican State Executive Committee’s National Committeeman John Ryder and National Committeewoman Peggy Lambert to discuss what to expect after the provisional ballots are certified and counted were not immediately returned Monday afternoon.

Because they are committed to neutrality in primaries, officers for the Tennessee Republican Party “cannot speculate” about the outcome of the 4th District race, said TNGOP Chairman Chris Devaney in e-mailed statement.

“According to state law, any Republican election contest would have to be submitted to the Tennessee Republican Party, acting as the State Republican Primary Board, within 5 days after election certification,” Devaney wrote. “If an election contest is received, the Primary Board would consider all arguments regarding a contest in a just and fair manner.”

Meanwhile, Democratic nominee Lenda Sherrell, who faced no opponent in the primary has been readying herself to face her GOP opponent in the general election, “whoever it is,” reports the Times Free Press.

Additionally, Desjarlais is a finalist in liberal comedian Bill Maher’s “Flip a District” campaign, in which the HBO talk show host will attempt to flip a district by using his show to place an incumbent member of Congress under a large degree of scrutiny.

Devaney Congratulates Haslam on ‘Overwhelming Victory’

Press release from the Tennessee Republican Party; August 7, 2014:

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney released the following statement regarding Governor Bill Haslam’s Republican primary win:

“Congratulations to Governor Bill Haslam on his overwhelming victory in tonight’s Republican primary. Governor Haslam’s visionary leadership has jumpstarted our economy, revamped our education system, and set our state on a path of achievement. He’s been an outstanding leader for our State and I look forward to telling voters about his positive message this fall.”

TNGOP Announces More Featured ‘Red to the Roots’ Candidates

Press release from the Tennessee Republican Party; August 4, 2014:

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—According to Secretary of State Tre Hargett, early voting in Tennessee wrapped up on Saturday with a five percent increase from the 2010 early voting period. In fact, Tennessee Republicans may be on their way to participating in the largest August election in state history.

With that news and the fact that so many Republican county and judicial candidates are fighting for every vote, Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney and Red to the Roots Chairman, Representative Ryan Williams (R—Cookeville), announced the newest Featured Candidates for the Red to the Roots program.

“Republicans are turning out in a significant way to help our Party continue its winning ways across the state,” said Williams. “Voters have seen the hard work put in by Republicans at the state and federal level. Whether it’s cutting taxes, maintaining the lowest debt in the nation, or creating more jobs, voters want that same type of leadership at the local level.”

Devaney added, “This group of candidates, like our previous two groups, includes candidates who possess a wealth of experience and energy to make a difference in their communities. They have proven themselves by articulating a message of reform that voters are rallying around. We want to see that momentum continue on Election Day.”

The Featured Candidates are:

Terry Frank – The incumbent and Republican nominee for Anderson County Mayor.

Jim Gotto – The Republican nominee for State House in the 60th District (Davidson).

Vince Dean – The Republican nominee for Hamilton County Criminal Court Clerk.

Graham Stowe – The Republican nominee for Giles County Mayor.

Tom DuBois – The Republican nominee for Circuit Court Judge in the 22nd Judicial District (Giles, Lawrence, Maury, and Wayne Counties).

Vicki Hoover – The Republican nominee for Circuit Court Judge in the 24th Judicial District (Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin, and Henry Counties).

“These six individuals all have a record of accomplishment that I know will respond to the priorities of voters in Tennessee. We’re proud to support them and urge all voters to do the same,” concluded Devaney.

By naming these individuals as Featured Candidates, the Tennessee Republican Party encourages supporters, donors, and activists to work to elect these Republican nominees on Election Day, August 7th. These candidates join previously announced candidates from earlier this cycle (see list below).

Background

Red to the Roots is a program designed to elect more Republicans at the county and judicial level, while bolstering support for GOP legislative candidates.

2014 witnessed more Republicans running for office than ever before in Tennessee.

Terry Frank’s website: http://terryfrank.org/

Jim Gotto’s website: http://www.jimgotto.com/

Vince Dean’s website: http://www.votevincedean.net/

Graham Stowe’s website: http://www.votestowe.com/

Tom DuBois’ website: https://www.facebook.com/DuboisforJudge

Vicki Hoover’s website: http://www.hoover4judge.com/

Previous Featured Candidates:

Amy Weirich – the current incumbent and Republican nominee for Shelby County District Attorney

Brent Cooper – the Republican nominee for District Attorney in the 22nd Judicial District (Giles, Lawrence, Maury, Wayne Counties).

Sheena Ramsey Tinsley – the Republican nominee for Register of Deeds in Sullivan County.

John Wang – the Republican nominee for State House in the 53rd District (Davidson)

Carma Dennis McGee – the incumbent and Republican nominee for Chancellor in the 24th Judicial District (Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin, Henry Counties).

Alicia Mumpower – The Republican nominee for Sullivan County Trustee.

Ann Strong – The Republican nominee for Crockett County Mayor.

Bill Ailor – The Republican nominee for Circuit Court Judge in the 6th Judicial District, which is Knox County.

Justin Angel – The Republican nominee for Circuit Court Judge in the 12th Judicial District (Bledsoe, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rhea, and Sequatchie Counties).

Mark Luttrell – The incumbent and the Republican nominee for Mayor of Shelby County.

Troy Brewer – The Republican nominee for State House in the 50th District (Davidson).

TN GOP Announces Red to the Roots ‘Featured Candidates’

Press release from the Tennessee Republican Party; July 10, 2014:

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Red to the Roots is gaining steam across the Volunteer State.

Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney and Red to the Roots Chairman State Representative Ryan Williams (R–Cookeville) today jointly announced the next group of rising conservatives across the state.

“These are the next generation of leaders in our state. They have serious solutions for the issues voters care about and they’re going to make a difference in their communities,” said Devaney.

Williams commented, “Red to the Roots is a program designed to support Republican candidates who have a vision that aligns with the needs of their communities. Whether it is judicial candidates who will protect the Constitution, mayoral candidates who know how to recruit jobs, or local candidates who will guard taxpayer resources from wasteful spending, these individuals are part of an ideas revolution at the county and judicial level in Tennessee. I’m proud to offer our support for these people.”

The Featured Candidates are:

Alicia Mumpower – The Republican nominee for Sullivan County Trustee.

Ann Strong – The Republican nominee for Crockett County Mayor.

Bill Ailor – The Republican nominee for Circuit Court Judge in the 6th Judicial District, which is Knox County.

Justin Angel – The Republican nominee for Circuit Court Judge in the 12th Judicial District (Bledsoe, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rhea, and Sequatchie Counties).

Mark Luttrell – The incumbent and the Republican nominee for Mayor of Shelby County.

Troy Brewer – The Republican nominee for State House in the 50th District (Davidson).

Devaney concluded, “Our Party has the momentum in Tennessee and, with the help of these candidates, I believe we can keep it going at the local level. Tennesseans want solutions for the problems our communities are facing, they want government to live within its means, and they want a judiciary that respects the Constitution. This group embodies those ideals.”

By being named Featured Candidates, the Tennessee Republican Party encourages supporters, donors, and activists to work to elect these Republican nominees.

Background

Red to the Roots is a program designed to elect more Republicans at the county and judicial level, while bolstering support for GOP legislative candidates.

2014 witnessed more Republicans running for office than ever before in Tennessee.

Alicia Mumpower’s website: https://www.facebook.com/AliciaMumpowerforTrustee

Ann Strong’s website: http://www.annstrong.net/

Bill Ailor’s website: http://www.billailorforjudge.com/

Justin Angel’s website: http://justin4judge.com/

Mayor Mark Luttrell’s website: http://markluttrellformayor.com/

Troy Brewer’s website: http://www.troybrewerfortn.com/

Devaney Elected to RNC Budget Committee

Press release from the Tennessee Republican Party; August 16, 2013:

BOSTON, Mass.—On the final day of business at the Republican National Committee’s summer meeting, Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney was unanimously elected to fill an opening on the RNC’s influential Budget Committee.

The Budget Committee is a permanent committee of the RNC and is tasked with the responsibility of “developing a budget” as well as “reviewing the income and expenditures of the Republican National Committee.”

The Budget Committee is composed of eleven members of the Republican National Committee, three of whom are appointed by the chairman of the Republican National Committee, and each of the four regions shall elect two members, one man and one woman. Devaney fills a seat that recently became vacant.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus congratulated Devaney on his election and stated, “Chris Devaney has done a tremendous job leading the Tennessee Republican Party to electoral success and his sound financial stewardship has played a major role in that. I’m proud he is joining our strong team on the Budget Committee.”

The TNGOP has consistently enjoyed fundraising and financial success. The Party consistently outraises its political counterparts and all of its targeted races across the state are fully funded.

Devaney remarked, “I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work with my colleagues on the Budget Committee to ensure our funds continue being utilized in the best way possible to ensure maximum Republican success across the country. Chairman Priebus has put us in a great financial position to be successful in 2014 and beyond. It’s an honor to join this team.”

Earlier this year, Tennessee Republican national committeewoman Peggy Lambert was elected the Southern Region Vice Chair. Tennessee national committeeman John Ryder was appointed to the position of RNC General Counsel.

TNGOP to Air Presidential ‘Welcome Message’ Touting State’s Economic Success

Press release from the Tennessee Republican Party; July 29, 2013:

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— President Barack Obama will find a different kind of welcome mat rolled out for him in Tennessee when he arrives to tour the Chattanooga Amazon distribution plant on Tuesday. The Tennessee Republican Party has purchased airtime and will broadcast a welcome message to the President detailing the recent successes of the state.

“The message isn’t about President Obama or his feckless leadership on jobs and the economy–everyone is well aware of that dismal record,” stated Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney. “Instead, this ad is about the great things happening here in Tennessee because of Republican principles in action. We hope the President uses this opportunity to see what real leadership looks like and takes those lessons back to Washington. We’re the Party of opportunity and upward mobility in Tennessee and this ad touts that belief.”

The ad, which shows some of Tennessee’s stunning views and important landmarks, has a voiceover that lists just a few of the recent accolades given to Tennessee in the last year stating, “We’re fourth in job creation, top five for business, and the third freest state in the country, thanks to Republican leadership.” The ad continues stating, “In stark contrast to Washington, we’ve got the lowest debt of any state in the nation.”

In 2012 Tennessee’s gross domestic product grew faster than the country as a whole and personal income growth in Tennessee outpaced the country as well.

“Our economy and state are moving forward while we continue to see America stall under President Obama’s damaging economic policies. We hope that President Obama will see that Tennessee is the perfect example of Republican fiscal responsibility and free market approach working to grow the economy, increase personal wealth, and attract jobs. Like the ad says, ‘This is what America should look like,” concluded Devaney.

Click here to view the ad.

SC’s Sen. Scott to TN Republicans: Show Voters ‘How Much We Care’

The Tennessee Republican Party’s annual Statesmen’s Dinner Friday night saw the ballroom at Nashville’s new Music City Center packed with a who’s who of state GOP-ers from up and down the ticket including Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander and seven members of the state’s U.S. House delegation.

But the big draw of the evening’s program — part award ceremony for local party stalwarts, part partisan pep-rally — was a fresh senator from another southern red state, Tim Scott from South Carolina.

In a recent letter to the Tennessean, state Republican Party Chair Chris Devaney called Scott as a “rising national star,” praising him as “refreshing voice of principle who is guided by an unyielding faith in God and rock-ribbed Republican values of less government influence and individual liberty.”

In his keynote address Friday, Scott, who served as U.S. congressman for two years before being tapped by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to fill a vacant Senate seat in January, struck an optimistic note, predicting political gains in upcoming elections. But Scott told the crowd Republicans need to reach out and connect with citizens to find success in the ballot box.

“Where we are as a country, it doesn’t look very good. I understand that we have major challenges in this nation but I also understand that the greatest days of America is ahead of it,” Scott told the audience. “I think we can win back the Senate in 2014, we have a grand opportunity in front of us and America will give us an opportunity to lead again in the Senate.”

“There are a couple things that we have to remember in order to get there,” he continued. “The first thing is this, that America, they want to know how much we know but they want to know it after they understand how much we care. Our ability to achieve success in the Senate and maintain the House will be our ability to communicate our message effectively.”

Sen. Scott also predicted a Republican return to the White House in 2016, saying it would be a “wonderful day” after “eight long years of President Obama” and earned cheers with a crowd-pleasing attack on the Affordable Care Act, which he charged was “eroding the very foundation of freedom as we know it in health care.”

“I think we ought repeal Obamacare today,” Scott said to heavy applause. “The employer mandate is not enough, the individual mandate would not be enough,” he continued, referring to two requirements of the law, the first of which the Obama administration has recently said it will put off enacting for an extra year.

Scott also claimed that the ACA “adds $800 billion of new taxes and new responsibilities on the back of everyday citizens,” and argued that the new law “takes away the very precious relationship between a doctor and a patient.

Scott is currently campaigning to keep his Senate seat for another two years in a 2014 special election that will determine who gets to serve out the remaining term of his predecessor Jim DeMint.

TNGOP: Legislature Passes Budget Cutting Taxes, Increasing Education Funds

Press release from the Tennessee Republican Party; April 18, 2013:

Republican Lawmakers Pass Balanced Budget, Democrats Try to Backdoor ObamaCare on Tennesseans

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Late in the day on Wednesday, Republicans in the General Assembly passed a $32.7 billion dollar balanced budget that cut taxes for all Tennesseans, increased funding for education, and placed $100 million into the state’s rainy day fund.

Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party Chris Devaney stated, “Senate and House Republicans should be commended for passing a balanced budget that cuts taxes and meets the needs of Tennesseans. Moreover, I am thankful for their leadership in fending off several Democrat attempts to load up this budget with wasteful spending and bad policy.”

The Senate version passed 32-0. But in the House, Democrats attempted to push bad politics and more government spending on the budget with multiple amendments, including a backdoor attempt to bring ObamaCare to Tennessee.

Amendment number three, sponsored by Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D—Ripley), sought to add over $3 billion to the budget in an attempt to implement the widely unpopular Medicaid expansion called for under ObamaCare. 26 House Democrat signed onto the amendment (see attached photo). The amendment failed 70-28 with all House Republicans opposing the egregious spending.

Ultimately, the balanced spending plan passed the House 83-14.

“Democrats want to try every conceivable way to hurt the doctor-patient relationship, cause health care premiums to skyrocket, and impose a one-size fits all approach on all of us,” said Devaney. “Tennesseans have continually rejected ObamaCare and yet Democrats are still trying to force feed us this bad policy by copying Washington Democrats’ wasteful spending addiction.”