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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,, 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,, 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.”

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

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Ball Celebrates Women’s Equality Day, Calls for Equality in Workplace

Press release from the Gordon Ball Campaign for U.S. Senate; August 26, 2014:

U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball is joining Tennessee women in celebrating Women’s Equality Day. This day honors and spotlights when women were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920.

“There is so much more that needs to be done. The right to vote has been granted but there is still a long road that we must travel in giving women equal footing everywhere,” Ball said over the weekend to the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women at their Fall meeting in Murfreesboro.”We’ve come a long way but the fight isn’t over. No woman should have to fight for equal pay. No person working a 40 hour work week should live in poverty.”

Earlier this year, Sen. Lamar Alexander made a mockery of the Paycheck Fairness Protection Act asking in subcommittee what the bill did for men, tying the issue into the Affordable Care Act.

“I find that appalling,” Ball said. “Women are paid 77 cents on the dollar to what a man makes in the same position. That is a fact and basically what we are telling working women is they aren’t worth the same pay. That is not only unfair, it is heinous.”

Ball cited that there are still huge gaps in equality for men and women. For example, only 16 percent of American companies offer full, paid maternity leave. He reminded the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women over the weekend that he stands firmly with them in voting No on Amendment 1. Alexander has said he publicly supports Tennessee legislators telling women what they can or cannot do with their bodies.

“No legislator has any right to tell a woman how to handle her personal healthcare decisions,” Ball said.

“Women’s Equality Day celebrates what generations of women have accomplished through blood, sweat and tears in obtaining voting rights, which Tennessee was instrumental in passing, yet there is still a long road in front of us to make sure that women have the same rights and privileges as men do,” Ball added.

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Ball Announces Own List of ‘Diverse’ Supporters in U.S. Senate Campaign

Press release from the Gordon Ball for U.S. Senate Campaign; August 25, 2014:

The Gordon Ball for Senate Campaign announced today the first round of “Tennesseans For Ball” endorsement which includes a diverse list of Democrats, Republicans and Independents from across the state.

“We have been talking to elected leaders, the business community and concerned Tennesseans who are standing with us in our challenge to take on career politician Sen. Lamar Alexander,” Gordon Ball said “I want to work with all Tennesseans from diverse and various backgrounds to take back our state from corporate interests. We need to help working Tennesseans. Lamar Alexander, if you look at his voting record, has worked against them.”

The list is split across the state and includes former University of Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl, Congressman Jim Cooper, businessman Mark Hazlewood and former Democratic Senate primary opponent, Terry Adams.

  • Terry Adams, Former U.S. Senate Candidate and Knoxville Attorney
  • Joe Armstrong, State Representative
  • Brady Banks, Metro/Nashville Councilman
  • Megan Barry, Metro/Nashville Councilwoman
  • Murry Bartow, Former East Tennessee State University Head Basketball Coach
  • Rodney Beard, Pastor Living Word Community Church
  • Fabian Bedne, Metro/Nashville Councilman
  • Bill Blankenship, Architect
  • Melvin Bond, Haywood County Sheriff
  • Ed Brantley, Knox County Commissioner
  • Gary Brewer, Attorney
  • Joe Brown, Memphis City Councilman
  • Frank Cagle, Talk Show Host, Metropulse columnist and retired political analyst
  • Angela Callis, Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committeewoman-Elect
  • Karen Camper, State Representative
  • Charles Carpenter, Memphis Attorney
  • Bryan Carson, Shelby County Democratic Party Chair
  • Gale Jones Carson, Tennessee Democratic Party Secretary and Member of the DNC
  • Sidney Chism, Shelby County Commissioner
  • Bob Clement, Former U.S. Congressman
  • Barbara Cooper, State Representative
  • Jim Cooper, U.S. Congressman
  • Larry Crim, CEO of Christian Counseling Centers of America
  • Anthony Davis, Metro/Nashville Councilman
  • Lincoln Davis, Former U.S. Congressman
  • Paige Dennis, Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committeewoman
  • Dick Eskind, Nashville Businessman
  • Joann Favors, State Representative
  • Billy Fields, Former Davidson County Democratic Party Chair
  • Craig Fitzhugh, State Representative and Democratic House Minority Leader
  • Justin Ford, Shelby County Commissioner
  • Chip Forrester, Former Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman
  • Renard Francois, Nashville Businessman
  • Bill Freeman, Nashville Businessman
  • Janis Fullilove, Memphis City Councilwoman
  • Brenda Gilmore, State Representative
  • Wanda Halbert, Memphis City Councilwoman
  • Lee Harris, Memphis City Councilman and Democratic Nominee State Senate District 29
  • Mark Hazlewood, Former President of Pilot Flying J
  • Roy Herron, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman
  • Walter Hunt, Metro/Nashville Councilman
  • Tom Jesse, Johnson City Attorney
  • Martavius Jones, Former Memphis School Board Member
  • Sherry Jones, State Representative
  • Myron Lowery, Vice Chairman Memphis City Council
  • Bill Lusk, Mayor of Signal Mountain
  • Sandy Lusk, Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committeewoman
  • John R. Marek, Memphis Attorney
  • Beverly Marrero, Former State Senator
  • Lonnell Matthews, Metro/Nashville Councilman
  • Jerry Maynard, Metro/Nashville Councilman
  • Kim McMillan, Mayor of Clarksville
  • Harold Middlebrook, Pastor Canaan Baptist Church
  • Reginald Milton, Shelby County Commissioner-elect
  • Bo Mitchell, State Representative
  • Larry Miller, State Representative
  • Colonel Charles L. and Ellen Moore, U.S. Army Ret.
  • Gary Moore, President of AFL-CIO
  • Sandra Moore, Metro/Nashville Councilwoman
  • Steve Mulroy, Shelby County Commissioner
  • Wade Munday, Tennessee Democratic Party Treasurer
  • Diane Neighbors, Metro/Nashville Vice-Mayor
  • Bill Owen, Former State Senator and Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committeeman
  • Adrienne Pakis-Gillon, Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committeewoman
  • Bruce Pearl, Former University of Tennessee Head Men’s Basketball Coach and Current Auburn Head Men’s Basketball Coach
  • Jason Powell, State Representative
  • Jeannie Richardson, Former State Representative
  • Karl and Gail Schledwitz, Memphis Businessman
  • Michael Scoggins, Business Manager Iron Workers Local 167
  • Jim Sellers, U.S. Air Force Ret. and Department of Veterans Affairs Ret.
  • Paul Shaffer, Business Manager IBEW Local 474
  • Johnny Shaw, State Representative
  • Paul Smith, Former Hamilton County Democratic Party Chair
  • Robert Sproles, Business Manager Steamfitters Local 614 and Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committeeman
  • A.J. Starling, Treasurer of AFL-CIO
  • Steve Steffens, Memphis Democratic Blogger and Activist
  • Mike Stewart, State Representative
  • Jim Strickland, Chairman Memphis City Council
  • Jerry Summers, Attorney
  • Dwayne Thompson, Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committeeman and Democratic Nominee State Representative District 96
  • Joe Towns, State Representative
  • Johnnie Turner, State Representative
  • Van Turner, Former Shelby County Democratic Party Chair and Shelby County Commissioner-elect
  • Joyce Washington, Democratic Nominee State Representative District 76
  • Gay Webb, Dead Pigeon River Council
  • Kenneth Whalum, Pastor New Olivet Baptist Church
  • Ruby Wharton, Memphis Attorney
  • Jason D. Williams, Entertainer of Jason and the Scorchers
  • Norro Wilson, Grammy Award Winner
  • Tim Woodward
  • Jeff Yarbro, Democratic Nominee State Senate District 21
  • Zach Young, Goodlettsville City Commissioner

The Ball campaign is chaired by former U.S. Congressman Lincoln Davis. Serving as co-chairs in the Eastern Division is Rep. Joe T. Armstrong and Democratic Senate Primary opponent Terry Adams. The Middle Division is being represented by co-chairs Bill Freeman and Metro/Nashville Councilman-At-Large Jerry Maynard. TNDP treasurer Gale Jones Carson and Rep. Craig Fitzhugh have committed to representing Ball in the Western Division.

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Ball Announces 2014 Campaign Team

Press release from the Campaign for Gordon Ball for U.S. Senate; August 21, 2014:

U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Gordon Ball announced Wednesday the 2014 Election Campaign Team to lead the way in challenging career politician Sen. Lamar Alexander in the General Election.

The campaign election team will be headed by democratic leaders from across the state of Tennessee. Former U.S. Congressional Representative for the 4th District Lincoln Davis. He will lead a team comprising chairs representing the three grand division including former U.S. Senate democrat candidate Terry Adams and 15th District Representative Joe E. Armstrong for the Eastern Division. Nashville Businessman Bill Freeman and Nashville Metro Council Member-At-Large Jerry Maynard will be co-chairs in Middle Tennessee working with the Gordon Ball for Senate campaign. West Tennessee will be headed by co-chairs Minority House Leader Rep. Craig Fitzhugh and TN Democratic Party Secretary and member of the DNC, Gale Jones Carson.

“Tennesseans are facing issues which need to be addressed because our state’s families, students and seniors are struggling..” Ball said. “Our campaign team is ready to bring tennessee common sense, compassion and leadership to solve the problems that our state is facing. We believe that we help our neighbors, we don’t abandon them because it is inconvenient or will interfere with political special interest groups dictating an agenda from DC that doesn’t help average people . We must push the discussion for a higher minimum wage, keeping our hospitals open by accepting Medicaid Expansion and taking care of our veterans.

“I am humbled to have these amazing state-wide leaders willing to stand with me as we work toward the next generation. None of us are taking anything for granted. We must do what is right. It isn’t going to be easy. We know this but we aren’t afraid. We won’t back down,” Ball added. “There is so much we can do together and we all are ready to get to work.”

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Following Primary, Alexander Emphasizes Moderate Credentials

Having sufficiently stressed his conservative credentials to stave off a Tea-Party challenge from his right, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is looking now to win support among moderate liberals and centrists.

The two-term incumbent has released what he hopes will be a growing list of endorsements he’s picked up from the ranks of Democrats and independents.

Included in what he’s calling “Tennesseans for Alexander” are Democratic notables like former U.S. Rep. John Tanner and the longest-serving member of the Tennessee General Assembly, state Sen. Douglas Henry.

Also on the list are several current or former mayors, as well as former University of Tennessee Football Coach Johnny Majors and Rochelle Stevens, an Olympic gold medalist.

Alexander’s Tea Party-backed primary opponent, state Rep. Joe Carr, criticized Alexander as being too moderate.

During his campaign Alexander did his best to highlight his conservative endorsements and credentials, as well as his opposition to President Barack Obama‘s policies.

Now, though, Alexander looks to be shifting toward his “consensus-building politics” mode.

Not everybody who bought into Alexander before is buying in this time, though.

Alexander’s Democratic opponent in the November general election, Gordon Ball, a Knoxville attorney, has previously allowed his name to appear on a “Tennesseans for Alexander” list, a decision that Ball now calls “a huge mistake.”

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Ball Releases Ad in Support of Raising the Minimum Wage

Press release from the Campaign for Gordon Ball for U.S. Senate; July 24, 2014:

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Wednesday, the Gordon Ball for US Senate Campaign launched its second statewide commercial called “Working for Tennessee.” The commercial will air daily in media markets throughout Tennessee. Ball supports raising the minimum wage because no one working full-time should be living in poverty.

“The problem with Lamar Alexander is the only job he is fighting for is his own. He’s so busy trying to win the conservative of the year award that he stopped fighting to keep Tennessee hospitals open, and he’s no longer working or fighting to make sure companies and jobs stay in Tennessee. We need leadership concerned with the next generation, not the next election.”

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Ball Pushes Lamar for Response on Amendment 1 Vote

Press Release from the Gordon Ball for U.S. Senate Campaign, July 18, 2014:

Sen. Lamar Alexander was asked a simple question yesterday by Gordon Ball, democratic candidate for US Senate, on Fox Memphis 13. “How was Lamar going to vote on Amendment 1 when he returned from Washington?”

Alexander has declined to respond to media requests or to the candidate.

“This extreme amendment would give legislators unbridled control over what women can do with their bodies after they have been raped, victims of incest or if their lives are in jeopardy,” Ball said. “Private healthcare decisions should be made by a woman with her family, her faith and her doctor.”

A recent poll by Vanderbilt University revealed that more than 70 percent of Tennesseans are opposed to Amendment 1.

“This sets a dangerous precedent for women’s healthcare,” Ball added.”I asked a fair question, and believe Tennesseans deserve a straight answer. Lamar is a darling of the special interest PACs funding this attack on women’s rights, so he should be happy to explain why he is willing to force his ideological will on victims of rape and incest and women fighting for their lives.”

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Ball Calls on Alexander to Reveal Amendment 1 Voting Intentions

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

The Gordon Ball campaign publicly calls on Sen. Lamar Alexander to announce how he intends to vote on Amendment 1 when he returns from Washington to cast his ballot. Amendment 1 will appear on the ballot as follows with a yes or no vote:

Shall Article I, of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section:

Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.

“It’s a fair question, Yes or No?” said Gordon Ball, democratic candidate for US Senate. “Over the past several years, and particularly during this primary season, we’ve seen Lamar taking more extreme positions seemingly to shore up the fringe elements on his far right.”

“This is an extreme form of government overreach into the private healthcare decisions of a woman,” Ball added. “How would Lamar feel if one of his family members was a victim of rape, incest or the life of the mother was in danger? Does he believe the State of Tennessee should force these decisions, or should the decision be made by the woman with her family and
medical professional?”