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McWherter Agrees to 15 Can­di­date Forums Across Tennessee

Statement from the McWherter for Governor Campaign, Aug. 11, 2010:

Haslam Cam­paign Backs Out of Pub­lic Appear­ances, Blows Off Vot­ers and Civic Organizations

Nashville, TN – Mike McWherter, Jack­son Busi­ness­man and Demo­c­ra­tic Nom­i­nee for Gov­er­nor, has agreed to 15 joint can­di­date forums to date for the gen­eral elec­tion. In a cow­ardly move, the Haslam cam­paign is back­ing out on joint appear­ances across the state, lim­it­ing the oppor­tu­nity for Ten­nessee vot­ers to com­pare the can­di­dates side-by-side.

Rather than dis­cussing the issues, the Haslam cam­paign is muz­zling its can­di­date by send­ing noti­fi­ca­tions to orga­ni­za­tions across the state express­ing their dis­in­ter­est in hav­ing one-on-one dis­cus­sions with the demo­c­ra­tic nom­i­nee. These groups range from uni­ver­si­ties to civic orga­ni­za­tions to advo­cates for the elderly.

“No one group is more impor­tant than the other and now is not the time for any can­di­date to avoid debat­ing the issues one-on-one in front of inter­ested Ten­nesseans.” said Mike McWherter. “Ten­nessee vot­ers want and deserve to see their can­di­dates in these neu­tral venues so they can make an informed deci­sion about who should be the next Gov­er­nor. If he is not will­ing to stand up to me, how can Ten­nesseans trust him to stand up for their best interests?”

Below is a list of joint appear­ances the McWherter Cam­paign has agreed to par­tic­i­pate in to date:

· 8/23 Dyer County Cham­ber of Com­merce Forum — Dyers­burg

· 8/31 NISC / NCOA Forum at TFA / TASC — Nashville

· 8/31 First Lady’s Stu­dent Town Hall — Nashville

· 9/14 Cool Springs Cham­ber May­oral Forum — Cool Springs

· 9/14 High­lands / NewsChan­nel 5 Debate — Cookeville

· 9/16 Aging Forum spon­sored by 50Forward and TN AARP — Nashville

· 9/16 Alumni of Lead­er­ship Nashville Forum — Nashville

· 9/23 Governor’s Con­fer­ence on Tourism Forum — Gatlin­burg

· 10/7 TN Bar Asso­ci­a­tion Health Law Forum — Nashville

· 10/7 UT / WBIR Debate — Knoxville

· 10/9 WREG Debate — Mem­phis

· 10/11 Bel­mont / WSMV Debate — Nashville

· 10/12 Uni­ver­sity of Mem­phis Debate — Mem­phis

· 10/14 Young Pro­fes­sional of Chat­tanooga Forum — Chat­tanooga

· 10/18 TN Eco­nomic Coun­cil on Women Forum – Nashville

Below is an e-mail from Haslam Cam­paign staffer Katie Argo declin­ing two pub­lic appear­ance requests in the Nashville Area.

“I hope that this email finds you well. Thank you for your fol­low up, and for your con­grat­u­la­tions for Mayor Haslam becom­ing the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee. We are look­ing for­ward to and are push­ing steadily towards Novem­ber. As I men­tioned ear­lier, I wasn’t able to con­firm Mayor Haslam’s atten­dance due to the date being so far out and before the pri­mary. It has been decided that we have accepted three joint appear­ances with Mr. McWherter, in the form of three dif­fer­ent tele­vised debates that will run state wide (one in the West, Mid­dle, and East). Because of this, we are choos­ing to limit Mayor Haslam’s joint appear­ances with Mr. McWherter to those three tele­vised debates. We would love for Mayor Haslam to be able to speak to the Lead­er­ship Nashville Orga­ni­za­tion mem­bers, as well as the Senior issues focused groups that you men­tioned below, how­ever, it can’t be the in forum of a Forum and/or Debate. We have already had mul­ti­ple joint appear­ances with Mr. McWherter and would like to focus more on what Mayor Haslam’s thoughts, plans, etc., are , for the future of our state. I hope that you under­stand where we are com­ing from. If you would like to sched­ule a time for Mayor Haslam to speak to yall’s group, please let me know and I can most cer­tainly aide in that. Should you have any ques­tions or con­cerns, don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact me.”

About Mike McWherter

Mike McWherter, the only can­di­date in the race who is not a career politi­cian, is a suc­cess­ful small busi­ness owner in West Ten­nessee. A native of North­west Ten­nessee, he now lives in Jack­son with his wife Mary Jane and their chil­dren Walker and Bess. The McWherter for Gov­er­nor cam­paign can be found online at www.mikemcwherter.com.

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