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TNGOP: Gov. Jindal Visit Thrusts Memphis into National Spotlight

Press release from the Tennessee Republican Party; March 20, 2015:

Potential Presidential Candidate Touts Success as a Leader, Vision for the Country at TNGOP Event

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—The Tennessee Republican Party today welcomed Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to the Bluff City for the TNGOP Leadership Series Event. The Governor comes to the Volunteer State riding a wave of conservative enthusiasm after an impressive performance at last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

Tonight’s event features special guest Congressman Stephen Fincher and the Shelby County Republican Party is serving as an honorary host for the Leadership Series event.

Jindal is a potential Republican presidential candidate known for his intellectual prowess and commitment to conservative principles.

TNGOP Chairman Chris Devaney remarked, “We’re proud to welcome a reformer in chief of the caliber of Governor Jindal to Tennessee. As the 2016 election approaches, Americans are looking for a leader who has a track record of enacting conservative reforms and will lead based on Republican principles. Gov. Jindal certainly fits that mold and we’re anxious to hear what he has to say at tonight’s Leadership Series event.”

Gov. Jindal stated, “Thank you Chairman Devaney and the Tennessee Republican Party for having me here today. I’ve been to Tennessee several times, and it’s always great to come to a state that has been a true success story for conservative reform. Tonight, I’ll talk about preserving the American Dream and how Conservative leadership can pave the way forward for our nation and return us to a path of prosperity and security.”

Devaney added, “Tennessee is going to play an important role in determining the next Republican nominee and, I suspect, Gov. Jindal will figure prominently in that discussion.”

TNGOP: Jeb Bush Headlining 2015 Statesmen’s Dinner

Press release from the Tennessee Republican Party; February 19, 2015:

U.S. Rep. Diane Black to serve as Event Chairman; Statesmen’s is “the perfect forum to come and deliver an optimistic, dynamic case for conservatism”

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—2016 is here.

In the latest sign that the 2016 presidential race is heating up, the Tennessee Republican Party today announced that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will headline the Party’s annual Statesmen’s Dinner in Nashville — the largest annual gathering of Republicans in Tennessee. Gov. Bush, who announced recently he was actively exploring a run for the White House in 2016, joins an impressive list of leaders who have spoken at the dinner.

“As an early primary state, Tennessee in an important place in Republican politics. This is the perfect forum to come and deliver an optimistic, dynamic case for conservatism. We need a bold reformer leading our nation. As Florida’s Governor and as a public servant, that’s exactly the reputation Gov. Bush has built. We look forward to welcoming Jeb Bush to Nashville,” said TNGOP ChairmanChris Devaney.

Devaney also announced that Congressman Diane Black (TN-06) will serve as the 2015 Statesmen’s Dinner Chair. Cong. Black will play an instrumental role in the dinner, which is the TNGOP’s largest yearly fundraising event.

“Cong. Black is the perfect chair for this important occasion. She has quickly become known as a conservative solutions-seeker both in Washington and here at home. In fact, this event will showcase how Tennessee is leading our country with bold ideas, effective leadership, and a conservative philosophy,” he noted.

Congressman Black stated, “Each year, the Statesmen’s Dinner offers a chance to recognize our dedicated Republican activists here at home and listen to some of the brightest minds in the conservative movement from across the country. I am honored to lead the effort to once again make this Tennessee’s premier political event of the year.”

The 2015 Statesmen’s Dinner will take place on Saturday, May 30th in Nashville. Tickets may be purchased by going to www.statesmensdinner.com or calling Taylor Ferrell at 615.269.4260.

About Governor Bush

Jeb Bush served as the 43rd Governor of the State of Florida from 1999-2007. During his tenure, he remained true to his conservative principles—cutting nearly $20 billion in taxes, vetoing more than $2.3 billion in earmarks, and reducing the state government workforce by more than 13,000. His limited government approach helped unleash one of the most robust and dynamic economies in the nation, creating 1.4 million net new jobs and improving the state’s credit ratings.

Background

  • Last year, the TNGOP Statesmen’s Dinner featured New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and he helped the Party raise record breaking contribution numbers.
  • Coverage of the 2014 Statesmen’s Dinner can be found here and here.
  • Past Statesmen’s speakers include: Former Vice President Dick Cheney, 2012 GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney, former President George W. Bush, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and US. Senator Tim Scott.
  • The 2015 Statesmen’s Dinner announcement is the first of several upcoming events that will feature prominent potential Republican presidential candidates who are coming to Tennessee at the invitation of the Tennessee Republican Party.

TNGOP: Ball Making Excuses ‘Reminiscent of a 6th Grader’

Press release from the Tennessee Republican Party; September 23, 2014:

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—While personal injury lawyer and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Gordon Ball claims he never received a National Rifle Association survey, the NRA points out that’s just not true. The Second Amendment rights organization explained to the Memphis Commercial Appeal the NRA sent the survey to Ball as they do for all candidates.

From the CA report:

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said the organization mailed its survey to Ball at the Knoxville address listed on his candidate registration form. ‘He never returned the questionnaire. We changed his grade from a question mark to an ‘F’ based on an interview he did. Bottom line is he’s anti-gun, and we’ll make sure every gun owner in Tennessee knows it.’

In response to Gordon Ball’s lame attempt at crafting an excuse reminiscent of a 6th grader, Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney stated, “Gordon Ball blaming the NRA for his own dismal record and F-rating on Second Amendment rights may be the most transparent evidence yet of how far this slick personal injury lawyer will go to distract Tennesseans from the fact that he’d be one more vote for Barack Obama’s anti-gun agenda. The NRA says it sent Ball its questionnaire. Ball should be forthright with Tennesseans about how he earned his F, instead of claiming that the dog ate his homework.”

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TNGOP: Union Push for Ball More Proof He’s On Board with the ‘Obama Agenda’

Press release from the Tennessee Republican Party; September 19, 2014:

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—An extensive ground game and targeting Senator Lamar Alexander. That’s the roadmap for unions in the upcoming November election.

Last night, on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” two union bosses highlighted their plans to push Democrats to the polls in the fall.

Leo Gerard, of the steelworkers union, and Larry Cohen, of the communications union, made the comments in response to the host’s question about what unions plan to do. In particular, Cohen discussed making Senator Alexander — who would be chairman of the Senate labor committee in a new Republican Senate majority — the “poster-child” against their efforts because of his strong anti-union stances in the U.S. Senate and defense of Tennessee’s right-to-work laws.

The TNGOP captured the conversation here.

With the news today of his “F-rating” on the 2nd Amendment from the National Rifle Association, Tennessee Democrats’ nominee for the Senate, liberal personal injury lawyer Gordon Ball, is going to need the help from unions in his attempt to defeat Senator Alexander. The AFL-CIO has already endorsed Ball, and now it’s clear union bosses plan to make Lamar Alexander a target this fall.

Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney stated, “Liberals are already starting to circle the wagons—in Tennessee and beyond. They know Senator Alexander is going to be a leader in the new Republican Senate majority and they’re desperate to get their base engaged. Unfortunately for Gordon Ball, this information just proves once more he’d be a vote for the Obama agenda in Washington.”

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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.

Ball Responds to TNGOP Attack: Alexander Voted with Obama 62 Percent of Time

Press release from the Gordon Ball Campaign for U.S. Senate; September 16, 2014:

“Sen. Lamar Alexander has voted with President Barack Obama 62 percent of the time. I have voted with him 0 percent of the time,” U.S. Senate Candidate Gordon Ball said after learning that the TNGOP had launched a website and video attacking him as ‘another vote for Obama. “I have said consistently that Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell and Lamar Alexander should be replaced. If we want to change Washington, we have to change the people in Washington.”

“The bottom line is that in the primary I was painted as far right and now in the general, the partisan attack is that I’m a liberal,” Ball said. “It’s apparent I fall in the middle in the same mold as Ned Ray McWherter and Phil Bredesen.”

“As the Knoxville News Sentinel’s Tom Humphrey wrote on his website, they are concerned enough about our campaign to take the time, energy and money to come after me,” Ball added. “I find it to be encouraging and energizing as we reach out to Tennesseans who are tired of career politicians like Alexander. We must be doing something right.”

The facts speak for themselves, Ball has sued health insurance companies over their refusal to compete with each other which causes health care costs to be higher. Ball is a gun owner and pro second amendment.

He has said across the state that everyone is pro-life, but that voting no on Amendment 1 allows women to make their health decisions.

“Women’s healthcare should not be dictated by the government and elected officials,” Ball said. Alexander will vote to allow the Tennessee legislature to make those decisions for women.

Ball, who has been campaigning this past week in Memphis and upper east Tennessee will be in Nashville this week for the Tennesseans Against Common Core rally as well as hosting a breakfast for the executive committee that represents the Tennessee Democratic Party across the state.

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).