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VIDEOS: ‘We Stand With Gibson’

A rally thrown by Tea Party activists in support of Gibson Guitar Corp. in light of a recent federal raid on the company drew hundreds to Nashville Saturday to listen to music and speakers denounce government overreach.

Guests at the “We Stand With Gibson” rally included Gibson Guitar owner Henry Juszkiewicz, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, conservative radio talk show hosts Phil Valentine, Steve Gill and others. They urged the audience to let the federal government know their displeasure with the government over the Aug. 24 raid in which federal agents confiscated imported wood, guitars and files from Gibson’s Nashville and Memphis locations.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service argues that the wood, grown in India, was illegally imported in violation of Indian law and the U.S. Lacey Act. Gibson maintains that the wood is, in fact, legal — and that the Indian government approves of its exportation to the United States where companies like Gibson and others use it in the manufacture of stringed musical instruments.

 

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Bill Clinton Keynote Speaker at McWherter Rally

Press Release from Mike McWherter for Governor; Sept. 8, 2010:

NASHVILLE – On the evening of September 9th, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will headline a rally hosted by Jackson businessman and Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Mike McWherter. The move comes as campaigns across the country ramp up their efforts after Labor Day Weekend in their attempts to win general elections in November.

“I’m honored to have Bill’s support and look forward to welcoming him to the Volunteer State,” said Mike McWherter. “President Clinton has always focused on the needs of small businesses and working families, which are the top priorities of my campaign. Everyday Tennesseans need a governor who will stand up for them and not cower to the pressure of special interest groups. I will be that governor.”

The rally, which will begin at 6:30 and take place at the Hall of Fame Park next to the Hilton Downtown Nashville Hotel, will be free of charge. However, we do ask that guests RVSP at www.mikemcwherter.com.

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.