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TFA: Maggart Motivated By Money, Power

Press release from the Tennessee Firearms Association; July 23, 2012: 

Maggart – does she have the capacity for truth?

Debra Maggart’s campaign is running an advertisement in which she questions the truthfulness and ethics of Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers.

Its a futile but intentional misrepresentation by Maggart. The facts are pretty simple. Candidates for office must fill out a disclosure form (the state SS-8004). One question on the form asks:

Bankruptcy – List any adjudication of bankruptcy or discharge received in any United States district court within five (5) years of the date of this report.

Lt. Col. Rogers answered none. That was truthful and accurate. Although she and her husband were discharged from a bankruptcy 6 years prior to the completion of that form, the state did not consider bankruptcies older than 5 years to be relevant. It is also true that once the Rogers were discharged, the bankruptcy trustee and creditors continued to collect their assets (the bankruptcy estate) and distribute it until 2008 when the bankruptcy was “closed” but that did not involve the Rogers and it is not part of the question. The question clearly requires the disclosure of any “discharge” which is a specific legal status under federal law.

Maggart has tried to make a big issue out of this. Perhaps that is because running on the truth of her record or the real sources of her financial support would spell certain defeat.

In response, the Rogers campaign has asked all elected members of the General Assembly to “sanction their own”. It is interesting that apparently they have refused to do so at this point. Consider the facts in the communication from Jeff Hartline, who works on her campaign and who has been friends with many of these Republican legislators, to the other legislators calling on them to step in and put a stop to the intentional misrepresentations of Maggart:

Members of the General Assembly:

Below is the text of a radio ad that has been aired in Nashville this week by the House Caucus Chairman, Debra Maggart against her opponent, Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers (Ret.), a Republican. It is important that you read this ad so that you can see for yourself the blatant misrepresentation of the truth that your Caucus Chair exhibits in this ad. Maggart’s challenger is a 28 year Air Force/Air National Guard veteran distinguished during the Cold War and in combat in multiple theatres of operation. Many of you heard Ms. Maggart during the last session brag that she would “destroy” Courtney Rogers with her bankruptcy. I know this because several of you have told me. When I heard this, I thought it was bluster. I was wrong.

Here is the ad:

“What kind of judgment? What kind of priorities? Serious questions Tennesseans are asking about Courtney Rogers. Courtney Rogers (1)failed to disclose that she filed for bankruptcy with the State Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance, even though it was required by law. Worse, Rogers tried to use a (2)loophole in the Law in an effort to try and (3)hide her past. Explains why Courtney Rogers is running a false and negative campaign, (4)attacking the true conservative, Republican, Debra Maggart. Failing to disclose that she filed for bankruptcy in her ethics disclosure forms, Using a loophole in the law in an effort to try and hide her past. (5)Running a false and negative campaign to cover it up. If we can’t trust Rogers to tell the truth now, we definitely can’t trust Courtney Rogers in the Legislature. Courtney Rogers, (6)just another politician Tennessee families can’t trust.”

Here are the misrepresentations:

(1) Courtney Rogers did NOT fail to disclose a bankruptcy. She was not required to disclose that she had ever filed for bankruptcy. The ethics form asked whether she has been “discharged” from a bankruptcy within the past five years. Her husband’s business failed in the year after September 11, 2001. (He had purchased an oil distributorship). After sinking $55,000 of their savings into the business to save it, they filed for bankruptcy in March 2005 and the bankruptcy was “discharged” in June 2005. The Bankruptcy Trustee “terminated” the bankruptcy in 2008. The Rogers had no say-so in when the creditors were paid nor were they ever notified as to this “termination.” Prior to completing the ethics disclosure form, their attorney told them that the question on the form was specific to their part of the proceedings. Independent attorneys also verify that Courtney answered the question correctly. Maggart shopped this story to the Tennessean and the TV networks. They concluded there was no “there” there and dropped it. She was finally successful in getting TNReport to run the story. Even they concluded there was no violation. But Maggart achieved her objective, getting a “reputable” media outlet to disclose the information so she could then come in behind it and run her malicious, false ads. Maggart knows the truth but has decided to proceed with her lies.

(2) There is NO loophole in the law. The language of “Discharge” is very specific as has been verified by numerous bankruptcy attorneys. If Maggart thinks this is a loophole, then she should file an ethics complaint. Another untruth.

(3) Courtney has not tried to hide “her past”. Have any of you asked Maggart if she is trying to hide “her past” of being fined $5,000 by TREF in 2003 for elections “ethics” violations? Fortunately for Maggart, she was able to get Mr. Gregory to write the check to get her off the hook. Courtney has had numerous conversations with voters when her bankruptcy has been discussed.

(4) Courtney has not “attacked” Debra Maggart. Quite the contrary. Courtney has spent the entirety of her campaign talking about who she is, what she believes, and the things important to her. Maggart has so much here to “attack”, but Courtney has kept the discussion to Maggart’s record and lack of leadership. Both the NRA and TFA are conducting independent expenditure campaigns against Maggart because they feel she has abandoned the concerns of their four million plus members. This is no different from the $100,000+ Maggart has extracted from Big Business and Lobbyists, not to even mention many of the same entities giving her employer, COMPASS, tens of thousands of dollars, from which she benefits personally. Courtney has no say-so in any of these campaigns. Courtney got into this campaign well before the NRA or TFA got interested in it. She has called Maggart’s unethical acceptance of per diem money into question and will continue to do so. Perhaps Maggart should be asking why all candidates running in Sumner County have said they would not accept it? Another untruth.

(5) Courtney is not running a “false and negative” campaign. I call upon Maggart to point out what part of her campaign is false or negative.

(6) Courtney Rogers is not “another politician”. This is just laughable.

Decide for yourself, Is this what passes for leadership in Tennessee. Looks more like desperation to me and you should be disgusted by it. I am curious how many of you will go “on the record” asking Maggart to cease and desist from this malicious, false, libelous, slander campaign against Courtney Rogers. Our Lt. Gov. is right when he says “It matters who governs.” Who will speak out against this?

Sadly, we see no evidence that any Republican incumbent has spoken out on the intentional misconduct of Maggart making public misrepresentations of fact regarding these issues. One must start to question if other Republican incumbents are interested in preserving the truth and integrity of the General Assembly or are they simply covering for Maggart?

Furthermore, incumbent Maggart wants to make a big deal about ethics, the truth and accountability. Have any of you heard any ad or news report wherein she addresses the fact that the Conservative Forum of Tennessee, a PAC which Maggart ran, was fined $5000 in 2003 for reporting violations? Have you seen any stories on Maggart’s personal business, a carpet store, which she closed and left creditors who later took a judgment against the store?

It is time, past time, to make an example of Debra Maggart. She has lost her way. She has revealed her true convictions – money and power. She has proven she is unfit for public service. Let’s end her career in office, let’s end her tenure in power, and let us work together to send a steward to Nashville – Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers.

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TFA Encourages Supporters of Gun Rights to Campaign for Lt. Col. Rogers

Press release from the Tennessee Firearms Association; July 23, 2012: 

Debra Maggart is the number one race in Tennessee this year for those of us who see a necessity in reclaiming state government from those who pretend to be constitutionally based conservatives. Incumbent Maggart has lined up Gov. Haslam, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and “Lear Jet” loads of Big Business operatives to support her claim that she is “entitled” to be re-elected.

Voters need to stand up to these interests and say, “No, Debra, you are not entitled.”

As a member or supporter of TFA, you are being given an opportunity to give one morning, or for some one more morning, of your time to engage and make a difference to help Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers who is running in the 45th District for State Representative against Debra Maggart.

Even though many of us can’t vote in the 45th District, we as individuals and as a grassroots group can help in this race to elect Lt. Col. Rogers to change Tennessee’s Capital Hill. Grassroots organizations across Tennessee, including TFA, Tea Party groups, the Tennessee Republican Assembly and the NRA with its 100,000+ members in the state are joining forces to focus specifically on electing Lt. Col. Rogers and defeating Debra Maggart. Defeating not just Debra Maggart but also making a public and specific example of her and what she stands for in terms of a condescending, “for sale” legislator.

We must demand constitutional leadership from all elected officials including those in state and local leadership. What we are seeing is too many legislators place too much value on the money that they think gets them re-elected and too little value on their oaths to uphold and strengthen the constitutions, or the rights vested and protected, therein.

TFA has or will invest over $15,000 in the race to elect Lt. Col. Rogers and defeat Maggart. Many TFA members have already driven from as far as Memphis to come work “on the ground” to knock doors and speak with local voters.

Saturday July 28 is the last Saturday before the primary. This is a call to action for all TFA members and supporters to come and spend a day, even a few hours if that is all you have, to help this citizen patriot veteran candidate prevail in this battle that has at its very core the fact that too many in the General Assembly, including Debra Maggart herself, are for sale to the highest bidder and have all but abandoned the constitutional oath that they took when first elected.

Gather a car load and car pool, bus, RV, pick-up truck, motorcycle caravan or even by horseback, just get to Goodlettsville on Saturday July 28th for a pre-election sign waving day. Wear your TFA shirts and hats. If you do not have them, we should have some available that morning. Bring water and other items for a few hours as a volunteer.

There will be a group, probably being directed by Mike Rogers, in the parking lot at “Big K” at 230 Long Hollow Pike, Goodlettsville, Tennessee that will be organizing the volunteers that morning. Arrive as early as possible but any time between 9:00am and 1:00pm to get location assignments, signs and push cards. You will be assigned to an intersection or other location from that point.

Please RSVP to johnharris AT tennesseefirearms.com so that we can advise the campaign how many 2nd Amendment supporters to expect.

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TFA: NRA Invests ‘Unheard of’ Amount in Support of Rogers Campaign

Press release from the Tennessee Firearms Association; July 13, 2012: 

It is no secret that the hottest primary race in Tennessee is the campaign to elect Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers in the August 2 primary in Sumner County (District 45) and the intended defeat of incumbent Debra Maggart.

The NRA has already invested as of June 30 $75,000 in support of Rogers and the defeat of Maggart in a state House primary which by all accounts is unheard of.

In addition to the NRA’s investment in the race, TFA has invested $10,600 as of June 30, and other statewide and local grassroots organizations including Tea Party groups, the Tennessee Republican Assembly (TRA), are waging similar battles to support Courtney Rogers as a true grassroots steward and to defeat a self-perceived “ruler” such as Debra Maggart.

The issues driving the work to defeat Maggart are much broader than just the 2nd Amendment. They include her condescending attitude in general towards grassroots and constitutional interests, her work to disregard the constitutional sheriffs’ bill, her position on the Health Care Compact, her acceptance of “ghost voting” which is a violation of written House Rules and even the outrageous fact that she gladly takes and retains per diem payments that are intended as reimbursements to legislators who must actually travel to be in Nashville to cover their hotel accommodations. TRA’s mailer does not even reference the 2nd Amendment:

In response to the outrage being expressed by so many groups of voters and grassroots interests, Debra Maggart appears to be getting desperate. She claims in a mailer released this week that she has a 100% pro 2nd Amendment voting record despite the fact that the National Rifle Association and TFA – the two most knowledgeable grassroots organizations on 2nd Amendment issues in Tennessee over the last several decades both specifically identify Maggart’s votes on the two Safe Commute bills this year as clear evidence to the contrary. In an apparent delusional moment – or because truthfully stating that she has a less than 100% voting record would not be good enough – Maggart herself writes in her mailer:

“I also have a 100% voting record on the Second Amendment, despite my critics from the Washington DC area.”

Setting aside that the NRA’s offices are in Virginia, the fact is that the NRA is advocating for the interests of its members who are residents of Tennessee and that the other organizations opposing her also almost exclusively comprised of Tennesseans. While she might try an Obama tactic of denying the truth (or she may sadly actually believe what she says) the facts are clearly otherwise. Her race has the attention of 100’s of thousands of Tennesseans and their collective grassroots voices.

Maggart cannot accept the fact that she has, like Japan did in World War II, awaken a proverbial “sleeping giant” comprised of Tennessean voters with her own outrageous and condescending conduct.

In addition to her delusional assertions, it appears that either Maggart has herself solicited or otherwise obtained the support of her incumbent leadership peers or they have simply chosen to fall on their own 2nd Amendment swords to come to her aid. For example, another member of House Republican leadership, Gerald McCormick claims that he did more to kill the Safe Commute bill than Maggart did. In response to a statement from NRA’s Chris Cox that Maggart was the lead dog, McCormick claims he was (apparently not realizing that he might be the next top primary race in 2014….) more involved with stopping the Safe Commute act’s progress than Maggart was. Part of the news report reflects:

The NRA promised there would be political repercussions if the so-called “Guns in Parking Lots” bill failed, and now a billboard shows the group is willing to put its money where its mouth is.

* * *

Maggart is engaged in a hotly contested primary race with Tea Party candidate Courtney Rogers.

The NRA has put in an unprecedented $75,000 into the race, with the hopes of defeating Maggart.

“The message we’re trying to send is that, despite what Debra Maggart says as a politician, actions speak louder than words,” said Chris Cox, with the NRA.

The billboard compares Maggart’s gun record to Obama’s, even though just a year ago, Maggart had an “A+” rating from the NRA.

“Debra Maggart almost single-handedly killed a piece of self-defense legislation by refusing to allow an up or down vote,” Cox said.

However, that claim is being disputed by other Republican leaders.

“That’s just an inaccurate statement. I had a lot more to do with killing that bill than she did,” said State Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga.

http://www.wsmv.com/story/19015498/nra-funds-attack-on-republican-state-rep

Well, at least the observation that other Republican leaders are trying to confuse the facts is true. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey himself has also weighed in on the matter this week. Indeed, it is the underlying message from Ron Ramsey that should be the most troubling to citizens all across this state and which should give pause to legislators as they consider whether to restore him this fall to the office of Lt. Governor.

WPLN quotes just a portion of the Ramsey comments to TNReport in a video interview (you really need to watch this).

The measure to allow gun permit holders to keep firearms in their cars at work, regardless of the workplace’s policies, pitted business lobbyists against gun rights advocates during this year’s legislative session. The state legislature attempted to hammer out a compromise, but ultimately pushed the matter off until next year.

That upset the TFA, which is the state chapter of the National Rifle Association. The group is actively campaigning against one GOP legislator, Representative Debra Maggart, and the NRA sent a survey to candidates, trying to pin them down on the issue.

In video from TN Report, Speaker Ramsey, a Republican, says there’s a good chance the compromise bill will be revived, but he says it’s hard to predict how it will be received in light of the divisive campaigning.

“I don’t know what the mood of the general assembly will be when we come back in, whether it will be a mood to pass a bill or a mood that you don’t negotiate with people who threaten you. I don’t know what it will be.”

When asked by a reporter about the idea that gun rights groups are trying to bully Republicans, Ramsey said –quote- “it isn’t just a perception, that’s reality.”

http://wpln.org/?p=39413

What does Ron Ramsey mean when he talks about the “mood” of the General Assembly? That is what should scare the allegiance out of many citizens in this state and give good conservative Senators pause when its time to select the next Lt. Governor.

Realize that these grassroots organizations which are lining up against Maggart – NRA, TFA, TEA Party, TRA, and others, are predominately organizations that stand on the Constitution and are comprised of Tennessee citizens and voters. They are not business lobbyists representing commercial interests or truly out of state concerns. NRA alone reports that it has 100,000+ members in Tennessee – perhaps 1 in 15 of the statewide likely voters.

What Ramsey is saying and other legislators have been heard to say is that if or when citizen groups – grassroots groups – demand accountability from legislators, that is when they demand constitutional soundness, when they demand allegiance to the legislative oath to uphold first the Constitution and when legislators put business, private or commercial interests first ahead of the Constitutions or the individual rights of citizens … the legislators do get “moody” and can simply refuse to abide by the Constitution, their oaths or the rights of the citizens! Moody simply because the citizens demanded what the legislators should have done without prodding or demands in the first place!

What Ramsey is saying and other legislators have said is that these Republican leaders and caucuses are willing to retaliate against all of the citizens in this state – and their constitutional and individual rights – by blocking or delaying constitutionally sound and appropriate legislation if grassroots groups stand “too” firm on the constitution or the rights of citizens. That Republican legislators can and will retaliate against the citizens if advocacy groups honestly tell legislators that they will seek out primary challengers if the legislators fail to do their jobs and honor their oaths. Apparently, Republican legislators – at least some of them – are offended that anyone would question the soundness of the judgment or motives and are willing to retaliate against the people that they were elected to serve. That sounds more like Emperor Nero than a constitutionally conservative steward.

Do we need or can we even tolerate legislators who have to be “in the mood” to uphold the constitution? Can we place the citizens at risk by expecting grassroots advocate groups of citizens to “back off” if a moody legislator feels that the demands of constitutional accountability make them, as Phil Valentine would say, “uncomfortable” when held against the conflicting demands of business lobbyists like Federal Express, Bridgestone, Volkswagen, and the Chamber of Commerce?

The sad fact is that the controversy over the Safe Commute law failed this year but it will be resolved in the future just as ultimately other abdications by prior legislators have been resolved involving prior stonewalling over things like carry permits, reciprocity, carry in state parks, carry in restaurants that serve alcohol, and other mindless and needless restrictions on your fundamental rights. Time and changes in the composition of the Legislature will cure this issue.

But, the thing that should really drive every citizen in this state to action now is the unintended admissions by people like Ron Ramsey that the Republican legislative leaders are willing to trash your constitutional rights when the “mood” strikes them. They are willing to retaliate against all citizens and their rights if they conclude that the NRA, the TFA, the Tea Party, Right to Life, the Eagle Forum, Homeschoolers, Immigration advocates, 10th Amendment advocates, 1st Amendment advocates or any other grassroots advocacy groups are not “playing” they way the legislators want the game played which is really nothing more than “we will give you what we want to allow you to have if and when we want to give it to you….”

2012 may be about making an example of Debra Maggart but the fact is that some of the other incumbents may be too moody to get the message. 2014 may be where the real work lies and that work must start now with a close examination of a lot of other incumbents.

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TFA: Maggart Supports ‘Right to Life’, not ‘Right to Defend Your Life’

Press release from the Tennessee Firearms Association; July 13, 2012: 

Debra Maggart, incumbent Republican in District 45 in Sumner County has sent out this communication:

Dear Friends,

Early Voting started today and I wanted to share a bit of good news with you. I have been endorsed by TN Right to Life and am the only candidate in this district that has been. http://vote4life.org/Endorsements2012.html

I am so honored to have their endorsement and am proud to have fought for the conservative values that we share. As the House sponsor of SJR127, I have long fought for the pro-life cause and am thrilled that our Constitutional Amendment will be on the ballot soon.

Thank you for the honor of serving you. I hope you will go vote during early voting, and I would appreciate your vote. This is an important election and voting early is a great way to beat the long lines that you will encounter on election day.

Sincerely,

Debra

It is ironic, if not sad, that she claims to be a strong supporter of “right to life” when her voting record on the Safe Commute act demonstrates that her support does not extent to your right to defend your life….

Since her actions speak louder than her words and in light of her premediated attack on the Safe Commute act because that is what her business “handlers” wanted her to do, one must ask

Would Debra Maggart vote for “right to life” if Federal Express opposed it?

Based on her unwillingness to protect your right of self-defense commuting to and from work, the answer most clearly is no.

For Maggart, all rights, including the right to life, are clearly for sale to the highest bidder….

Early voting is under way. Join with other citizens across this state and work to defeat Debra Maggart, stop her unjust reliance on per diems payments for expenses she does not incur and send a message to other elected officials that the Citizens of Tennessee demand honesty, accountability and stewardship of those in public office.

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Ramsey May Go His Own Way on Guns-in-Lots

As gun advocates continue dropping political bombs on legislative incumbents this election season, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says he’s beginning to think legislative leaders and lawmakers may not be of “a mood” to expand gun laws next year.

At least, not with the help of gun rights groups.

Between the National Rifle Association launching an expensive political war with a top House Republican and the Tennessee Firearms Association firing criticism all over the party’s leadership, Republicans have lately felt themselves unfairly targeted. Ramsey said Thursday those attacks may sour leadership’s plans to consider allowing gun owners to keep their weapons locked in their car while at work, or cause leaders to sideline state and national gun groups from helping hammer out a bill.

“I don’t know what the mood of the General Assembly will be when we come back in, whether it will be a mood to pass a bill or whether it will be a mood that you don’t negotiate with people that threaten you. I don’t know where we’ll be,” Ramsey told reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday, adding it’s “pretty obvious” guns groups are trying to bully lawmakers.

However, John Harris, Tennessee Firearms Association executive director and a vocal critic of GOP leadership, said actions that may appear like bullying to a politician could more appropriately be described as an effort to add accountability into the political mix.

Statehouse GOP leaders have adopted an attitude of “We’re the rulers, and we’re the ones who make the decisions, and you don’t tell us what to do,” said Harris.

“That’s not being a representative of the people who voted for you,” he said. “If their mentality is, ‘Play with us on our terms or we’re not going to deal with your issues,’ then our response as a grassroots organization is, ‘We’re going to go in your district and find someone who will beat you in the primary or beat you in the general election.'”

That’s exactly what’s being attempted by gun-rights advocates in Sumner County, where the National Rifle Association has poured more than $75,000 into an effort to unseat Rep. Debra Maggart, the House GOP Caucus leader they blame for holding up the so-called “guns in parking lots” bill. They are supporting challenger Courtney Rogers, a former Tea Party organizer and retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, in the Aug. 2 GOP primary.

The guns-in-lots issue divided the Republican party this year as they had to choose between two key constituencies: Second Amendment advocates who want the tools to protect themselves and business leaders who say they have a right to ban guns from their property. Firearm advocates eventually agreed to compromise by narrowing the bill to only handgun permit holders, but Republicans stopped the bill just short of a House floor vote.

Ramsey contends the issue is “not about the Second Amendment,” but rather the right of employers to set workplace rules.

“The Second Amendment protects us from the government, from the government taking away our firearms,” said Ramsey. “This is a contract between two people. We’re talking about landowner and an employee.”

Guns-in-lots legislation supporters contend that the property-rights argument cuts both ways, given that an employee’s personal vehicle is involved and the employers are in essence demanding the authority to dictate what’s transported to and from work inside them. Harris said the real issue is essentially one of state-sanctioned discrimination against a certain class of otherwise law-abiding citizens exercising a constitutional right.

“If the employee owns the car, they have a right to have whatever they can legally transport in the car, and the employer shouldn’t have a say in there,” said Harris.

Ramsey, who has delighted in the support of gun-rights enthusiasts in the past, said he’s now grown weary of the TFA and NRA. The lieutenant governor — who like leaders in the House intervened to ensure no vote would be taken on the matter on the chamber floor — said he may try to hammer out a related piece of legislation next session with or without support from gun groups.

He said the bill could include employees putting a copy of their handgun carry permit on file with their employer. Ramsey said he would also like to include language that reiterates that handgun-carry permit holders must have taken a gun safety course, submitted to background checks and allowed the government to keep their fingerprints on file, he said.

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TFA: List of Financial Backers Show Maggart Supported by Big Business

Press release from Tennessee Firearms Association; July 9, 2012: 

As reported earlier today, incumbent Debra Maggart appears to be in a tidal wash with her campaign as the NRA’s political action committee report was filed on Friday, July 6 and showed a commitment of $75,000 to support Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers and to work for Maggart own defeat and demise as an elected official.

As also reported, Maggart appears to have quickly responded to the NRA’s efforts to protect Tennesseans from her by attacking the involvement of the NRA in Tennessee elections. As an aside, that attack is by its very presence an anomaly since practically every Republican running for office covets the endorsement of the NRA and Maggart herself has proudly proclaimed that she is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.

So, when the NRA’s level of interest in her defeat became public knowledge, Maggart reportedly released this email (redacted) to other House Republicans:

Members,
With few days remaining in the Primary, I wanted to share an item with you.
According to this most recent 2nd Quarter disclosure, the NRA is going to spend $75,000 against me, and only made one contribution to a member of this Caucus.
It is our duty to protect ALL the rights of Tennesseans, not just a select few deemed higher by one organization or another. We must not allow political groups to bully us into making bad public policy. We must be courageous enough to make the right decisions. The people of our districts deserve nothing less.

I am prepared for this fight and consider this a fight on behalf of you, thoughtful conservatives here in Tennessee, and the conservative principles that have made our state so great.
We have said all along “It matters who governs.” The last two years have been some of the most successful Tennessee has ever had, building off previous victories for conservative principle.
We are hardly finished.
But allowing a group to try and dominate our agenda from Washington–of all places–would be counterproductive to say the least.

* * *

Note specifically the two sentences in BOLD. Note Maggart’s claim that the involvement of political groups and the dangers it poses.

Now, keep in mind that the NRA, and the TFA, and GOA, and NAGR, and JFPO and numerous others are all organizations of members who have an interest in promotion and protection of the constitutional rights of the citizens. These are not some autonomous business interests that make decisions independent of the constitutions and the rights or interests of their members. These are organizations that all exist to promote and protect the same constitution that Debra Maggart has sworn several times as an elected representative that she would defend and protection.

Now, let’s look at who Debra Maggart values and where her support lies. Debra Maggart had a fund raiser on May 23. She sent out a list essentially bragging about the $2,500 per entity contributions that the “hosts” had made to this single event. Who were her financial backers at this event? How many exist support and protect the constitutional rights of citizens? Let’s see:

THE (MAGGART) HOST COMMITTEE

Adams & Reese LLP
AT&T
Bivens & Associates
FedEx
Farrar & Bates LLP
Lyell Law Firm
Farris Mathews Branan Bobango, PLC
Johnson Poss Government Relations
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP
McMahan Winstead
RobinsonGreen LLC
Students First
TN Bankers Association
TN Business Roundtable
TN Medical Association
TN Chamber of Commerce
Comcast
TN Health Care Association
TN Hospital Association
TN Retail Association
Smith Harris & Carr

What is clear is that organizations that exist to protect and promote your constitutional rights are supporting Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers in the battle to defeat incumbent Debra Maggart in the August 2 primary. Entities and organizations which seek primarily “Big Business” legislation, however, like Debra Maggart and want her back. Only one of those groups puts the constitutional rights of citizens first and its not the group backing Debra Maggart.

Compare the two lists against Debra Maggart’s declaration:

“But allowing a group to try and dominate our agenda

from Washington–of all places–

would be counterproductive to say the least.”

Looking at what Debra says and measuring it in light of those who she herself promotes as her financial backers makes her statement about being “counterproductive” humorous – if it were not such a dangerous risk to the freedoms and liberties of the citizens of this state.

You just cannot make this stuff up…..

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NRA Sinks $75k Into Campaign to Defeat Maggart

Press Release from the Tennessee Firearms Association; July 9, 2012: 

A search of public records shows that the National Rifle Association is willing to put its money where its mouth is when it announced that it was endorsing Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers and that it specifically was targeting incumbent Debra Maggart in the 2012 August Republican Primaries. This endorsement arose, in part, by Debra Maggart’s role in leadership where she stomped all over the 2nd Amendment rights of Tennesseans primarily because it appears that she was bought off by Big Business and evidenced a Republican leadership that is clearly more about what “Big Business wants” than the lives of citizens and the Constitutions of Tennessee and the United States.

A political action committee report filed by the NATIONAL RIFLE ASSN POLITICAL VICTORY FUND with the State of Tennessee on July 6 shows that it has already invested $75,373.87 supporting Lt. Col. Courtney Roger’s in her efforts to unseat Debra Maggart. The only other contribution or investment by the NRA on that report was $2,500 to incumbent Joshua Evans.

In response to the NRA’s investment to defeat her, Debra Maggart has reportedly circulated the following call for help to her incumbent peers….

Members,

With few days remaining in the Primary, I wanted to share an item with you.

According to this most recent 2nd Quarter disclosure, the NRA is going to spend $75,000 against me, and only made one contribution to a member of this Caucus.

It is our duty to protect ALL the rights of Tennesseans, not just a select few deemed higher by one organization or another. We must not allow political groups to bully us into making bad public policy. We must be courageous enough to make the right decisions. The people of our districts deserve nothing less.

I am prepared for this fight and consider this a fight on behalf of you, thoughtful conservatives here in Tennessee, and the conservative principles that have made our state so great.

We have said all along “It matters who governs.” The last two years have been some of the most successful Tennessee has ever had, building off previous victories for conservative principle.

We are hardly finished.

But allowing a group to try and dominate our agenda from Washington–of all places–would be counterproductive to say the least.

You can see the report at the following link:

https://apps.tn.gov/tncamp-app/search/pub/report_full.htm?reportId=40727

I hope you will feel free to contact me if I can be of service to you. I am always available while on the campaign trail and am eagerly looking forward to November when our majority will grow.

Debra

The interesting thing about Maggart’s frantic statement is that she claims or suggests that her decision on the Safe Commute act had anything to do with protecting the “rights of Tennesseans” or was motivated by the interests of the people in her district. The record seems abundantly clear that Maggart’s actions – and those generally of Republican leadership had nothing to do with the rights of the people or the Constitution.

Debra Maggart told TFA she did not want the firearms legislation to come up because it would – in her opinion – make it harder for the Republicans to get more seats in the General Assembly. That has nothing to do with “rights” of the people, that has everything to do with partisan power.

The second consideration that arose in the legislative cycle was that the main opposition to the legislation was not coming from a citizens’ group concerned about constitutional rights or interests. It came from Big Business that was concerned about its ability to fire employees for cause who violated or were caught violating employer imposed rules that were set in place without regard to the Constitution.

Keep in mind that the Tennessee Attorney General issued an opinion this year which concluded that this law, if passed, would not impair the constitutional rights of any third parties – including the employers.

TFA is already and is going to be a part of this battle to remove Debra Maggart and replace her with a candidate who still values the constitution over money and partisan power.

TFA and PAC Contributions

A Tennessee Republican House member commented to TFA that

“I am aware that there has been statements made [by House leadership] that neither the NRA or TFA is serious about raising the money necessary to help us [the Republicans] win a conservative majority. . . . If you guys were serious, with the real fuel of politics, money, we could be better positioned to win more seats. . . . [w]hat you have found is your weakness….the lack of real support from your own membership……beyond the rhetoric and reaching to the finance and ground game of politics.”

The fact has been proven in 2012 that too many legislators place too much value on the money that they think gets them re-elected and too little value on their oaths to uphold and strengthen the constitutions or the rights vested or protected therein. Business interests know this and invest huge funds into political campaigns so that they can purchase the laws or repeal of laws that they desire.

TFA raises money not to support one party or the other but to support specific legislators or candidates who have demonstrated facts from which it is clear that TFA should support them to the extent we can. In 2010, for example, TFA distributed more than $30,000 in contributions to candidates. It is important for TFA to continue to grow its membership, its member support and its network with and among similar constitutionally based organizations. What can you do to help?

  • Make a financial commitment to support and Join TFA. An annual membership is about the price of one box of self-defense ammo or a box of hunting rounds. If you are already a member, recruit additional members or chip in a few more dollars with a voluntary contribution to continue our struggle to restore our rights.
  • Help TFA raise funds for the TFA PAC so that we can help to financially support not only the campaigns of those who have stood firm, particularly against the mandates of leadership, but also to support those who would challenge these “conservatives in name only” individuals during election cycles. As with Speaker Naifeh, we might not defeat Speaker Harwell, Rep. Gerald McCormick, or, based on recent events, even Lt. Gov. Ramsey in a general election but we can certainly defeat enough of those in the caucus who would return these leaders to power.
  • You can make PAC contributions online and, if you desire, on an automatically recurring basis. TFA uses both PayPal and an alternative on the website that will process payments by credit card, debit card and even checks.
  • Encourage others to take advantage of the free TFALAC email alert system. Continue to forward these messages as so many of you do but also encourage them to directly subscribe to the free alerts.
  • Join the discussion and share your communications with legislators by participating in the TFA Facebook Group and taking an active role in the more detailed discussions and information sharing on the TFA Forum
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Many Friends, Many Enemies

Updated at 3:38 p.m. 

Rep. Debra Maggart insists she’s a shoo-in to win her GOP primary against retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers.

But that’s not stopping the House Republican Caucus chairwoman from asking party bigwigs like Gov. Bill Haslam and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey to take the time to campaign locally on her behalf.

While Haslam has indicated he’d probably be inclined to support any GOP incumbent this election season, Maggart in particular was “critical” to the administration’s legislative efforts this year — “really helpful,” the governor told reporters recently.

“As a caucus leader, sometimes when you’re the leader, you take a little added heat and pressure from folks. And we wanted to support her, and it worked out well,” Haslam said.

Over the past two years Maggart has deeply angered two influential constituencies that, while they may not typically be aligned politically, do share a recognized ability to get sympathetic Tennesseans to the polls on issues they hold dear.

Those two groups are stalwart gun-rights advocates and unionized teachers. And both would love to see Maggart spend the 2012 general election season wondering what she needs to do to make a political comeback in 2014.

Both the Tennessee Firearms Association and the National Rifle Association have made their displeasure with Maggart widely known.

Maggart, along with other high-ranking House GOP lawmakers, prevented a bill from coming to the chamber floor that would have granted legal protections for certain government-licensed gun owners to keep a firearm stored in their vehicles parked on their employers’ property — even over the objections of the employers themselves.

The NRA and TFA described the legislation as necessary to ensure a gun-owning employee can enjoy a “safe commute” to work and not be subject to an employer’s demand that he or she choose between keeping a gun locked in the car or keeping a job.

Should such a powerful incumbent as Maggart fall in the primary, it would send a message to other Republicans that snubbing the NRA and TFA comes at a cost.

For the Tennessee Education Association, a Maggart loss in the primary would offer a glimmer of hope in what has otherwise been a dismal past couple of years legislatively.

The union is still fuming over Maggart’s instrumental leadership in eliminating collective bargaining for teachers in 2011 and would delight in playing a role in her ouster in 2012, said TEA lobbyist Jerry Winters.

The association has yet to endorse a candidate in the District 45 primary but is considering pointedly reminding Sumner County teachers that they’ll soon have a golden opportunity to cast a powerfully meaningful vote against Maggart, Winters said.

“We’ve got a lot of teachers who identify as Republicans, but I think that they are starting to be much more aware of how individual legislators vote on these education issues,” he said.

Primary elections are open in Tennessee, meaning that voters can cast ballots in whichever party primary they choose.

Rogers, Maggart’s primary opponent, told TNReport she likely herself would have gone along with moves to reduce the TEA’s influence in contract negotiations. But Rogers added that she is “concerned about our teachers” and believes it “important that teachers are taken care of and feel that they’re appreciated.”

Maggart insisted to The Tennessean newspaper recently that attention surrounding her race is somewhat overblown, saying “I don’t know if I would characterize it as a legitimate primary challenge.”

The representative, who contacted TNReport after this article was posted, took issue with the suggestion she predicts she’s a “shoo-in” for re-election. But she stressed that she’s “confident” voters in her district will keep her in office because she’s been active in her community, worked hard to champion conservative issues in the Legislature and had been consistently involved in the Republican Party — credentials she says Rogers lacks.

“I have a good idea about what makes a legitimate candidate,” she said, adding Rogers had only $3,600 in her campaign war chest as of March. According to campaign finance records, Maggart had $86,000.

Maggart also said she’s long been active within GOP and said Rogers is new jumping on the Republican band wagon.

“I didn’t just wake up one day and decide to get involved in the Republican party,” Maggart said. “I believe the people in my district know that I’ve done a good job.”

But Maggart still asked Haslam to headline a reception and fundraiser for her last week and asked Ramsey to come, too, to attend and lend his support. He said “it felt good” to be there for Maggart’s event, adding there was a “huge crowd.”

“Obviously, for some reason, Debra became the focal point of NRA’s misplaced anger, and so it doesn’t surprise me at all that her opponent got the endorsement,” said Ramsey.

House Speaker Beth Harwell, says she, too, is confident in Maggart’s re-election and doesn’t take any issue with lawmakers soliciting primary election support from the governor.

“I think he wanted to indicate his support to Debra, who’s been supportive of some of his initiatives, and I think that was a very gracious use of his time,” said Harwell.

Haslam said he hasn’t gone through the list of Republican incumbents with primary challengers to determine which ones he’ll spend his time campaigning for.

“Right now, there’s certainly not an incumbent that we’re planning on working against,” he said.

Asked if she worries all the notable politicians lining up to support the incumbent will ultimately prove an insurmountable advantage for her opponent, Rogers said not really.

“I don’t think any one of them votes in this district,” she said. “I’ll just take it with a grain of salt.”

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TFA: GOP Leadership ‘Premeditated as Early as 2011’ That Gun-in-Lots Bills Would Be Killed in 2012

Newsletter from the Tennessee Firearms Association; June 13, 2012:

Republican legislative leaders in an election cycle are rewriting history because they must if the claim to be pro 2nd Amendment

The most discussed legislation on the 2nd Amendment horizon in the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions was the Safe Commute Act which the Republican leaders intentional killed this year. Now that the session is over, Republican leaders in the General Assembly are claiming that the bill was stopped because of too much pressure from the Tennessee Firearms Association. That is a very interesting position, some might say spin, for them to take.

First, the Republican leadership’s assertion raises the question of whether the Republican leaders in the General Assembly decided to terminate a bill that otherwise had merit solely in retaliation against a grassroots organization for pushing in a manner that the legislators characterize as too hard. Can that be? Did they decide on the bill not on its merits but in retaliation? If so, then it could be argued that none are really qualified to serve as stewards of the Constitution or as guardians for the rights of the citizens if they have handled legislation not as stewards of a Republic form of government but as self-perceived masters who have absolute discretion to dole out or kill legislation as nothing more than favors from the king.

Second and equally important, it is necessary to look at certain facts to see if these assertions by Republican leadership are in fact true, which is self-damning in that case, or if they are misrepresentations of the facts in an effort to “blame Bush” for something that they themselves should admit was their own decision.

Since Republican leaders are claiming that the bill would have come to the floor but for TFA’s push, then it is necessary to examine that claim for factual integrity. Such an examination will reveal evidence that the Republican leadership had premeditated as early as 2011 that this legislation – the Safe Commute act – would never see the sunshine of a floor vote.

First, it has been reported numerous times that Debra Maggart told TFA in the summer of 2011 that she did not want any 2nd Amendment legislation in the 2012 session because it was an election year and she felt that such legislation would potentially hurt the chances of the Republican party to get 66 or more seats (and from more recent statements we might also conclude that she felt it would hurt the incumbents – like herself – if there were primary races).

Second, we saw that the declaration in July 2011 by Rep. Gerald McCormick that he had formed a Republican Caucus Firearms Task Force to study firearms issues prior to the 2012 session. Soon thereafter, he announced the termination of that caucus task force and then within a few days its re-establishment. Keep in mind that Rep. McCormick announced this task force after 33 House Republicans fell on partisan leadership swords and voted on the House Floor against the Safe Commute law in 2011 which quickly sent the bill back to committee rather than risk a confused floor vote after that much damage had been done. Now, history shows that the task force never gave notice of a public meeting, it met for only about 30 minutes and it issued no reports that were ever made public. Not once during the 2012 legislative cycle was any reference made to legislation coming out of the Republican task force nor was any task force report used in any open committee meeting to report for or against proposed legislation. It was nothing more than political “candy” being passed out by Rep. McCormick with no true intent to perform – something the law might call “promissory fraud” but since a politican did it it might simply be called a “standard characteristic”.

Now, we see a press release being issued from Richard Archie. For purposes of full disclosure, Mr. Archie is the West Tennessee Director of TFA. However, he is also a leader in the Tea Party movement and a regular invited talk radio personality covering roughly 22 counties in West Tennessee. The following report comes from his involvement in meetings with legislators in the context of Tea Party meetings – not TFA meetings.

It has been suggested that the failure of the Employee Safe Commute Act in the second half of the 107th General Assembly can be laid at the feet of the TFA due to the “over the top” rhetoric put forth by the group, more especially the e-mail sent by John Harris on April 24th, 2012 which was after a “Secret” caucus meeting and vote to decide if the People’s House should take up the bill after it was voted out of committee in the House. It is apparent that Leadership had decided long before that event that the bill would not see the light of day.

At the Tennessee Tea Party Leader’s Summit held in Nashville January 6th, 2012, I was in conversation with Senators Bill Ketron and Jim Tracy regarding the “Parking Lot Bill” as sponsored the previous year by Representative Josh Evans in the House, and Senator Stacy Campfield in the Senate. After a long and exhaustive conversation with Rep. Evans, he informed me that he would put his bill “On Notice” in the House, in its original form, if we could initiate movement on the issue in the Senate. Senator Ketron informed me that night, that it was his understanding that there would be no actions regarding firearms issues to come forth out of the House at the direction of the Speaker. This is substantiated by his being quoted in the TNReport Jan 03, 2012 as quoted from the article:

https://tnreport.com/blog/2012/01/03/leftovers-on-menu-for-new-legislative-year/

“Lawmakers talked about but never passed a number of gun bills proposed last year, including letting handgun carry permit holders lock their weapons inside their car while at work, HB2021, which made it to the House floor but never came up for a vote. Another bill, HB2016, would let college faculty and staff carry guns on campus, although that measure never made it out of committee. Legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle say they expect to see those issues introduced but probably sidelined this year. “Being an election year, I don’t see leadership letting that come to the surface,” said Sen. Bill Ketron, the Senate Republican Caucus Chairman from Murfreesboro.

Attempting to lay the aversion to firearms issues to the actions of the TFA is rebutted in the following pronouncements by Leadership.

http://www.wkrn.com/story/16161015/gun-proponents-hope-to-loosen-laws-in-tenn

November 30, 2011 quote from the article:

“The chairwoman of the house Republican caucus (Debra Maggart) states in part, “Second amendment issues will always be on our agenda. Our main priority has been and will continue to be finding ways to encourage job creation in the private sector.”

http://www.wsmv.com/story/16374305/lawmakers-prepare-to-tackle-controversial-issues

From the article December 21, 2011:

“While the Senate wants to pursue a bill to allow carry permit holders to leave their guns in their workplace parking lots, House leaders said guns won’t be a priority.

“I think our focus will not be on gun issues, it will be on economic development and jobs, job creation,” said Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga.

It is patently obvious that those in power had no intention of allowing a fair hearing of the Employee Safe Commute Act in the legislature, and, even thought the issue DID pass the vetting process of the committee system in both the House and Senate, those who chose to exert their ability to deny the Citizens their rights under the Constitution prevailed.

The frustration of firearms owners can be understood, when referenced to the misinformation that has accorded them by current Leadership of the General Assembly with respect to this specific issue. Quoting Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey from a statement he made April 28, 2011: “A gun permit holder should be able to take his gun and leave it in his locked automobile when he goes to work.” http://www.memphisdailynews.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=58222, Compare his 2011 statement against his statement April 24, 2012 Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Rep. Beth Harwell, have indicated they’re uncomfortable with the legislation, worrying the bills infringe upon the rights of employers to control what happens on their own property. https://tnreport.com/blog/2012/04/24/lawmakers-jockeying-on-guns-in-lots-legislation/.

Indeed, news reports from other sources, such as TNReport.com chronical regular and recurring statements from Republican leadership evidencing that they had no intent to let any 2nd Amendment issues come to a floor vote in 2012. Consider, as an example, again the TNReport that Mr. Archie referenced above:

https://tnreport.com/blog/2012/01/03/leftovers-on-menu-for-new-legislative-year/

Leftovers on Menu for New Legislative Year

by Andrea Zelinski on January 3, 2012

Guns on Campus, In Employee Parking Lots
Lawmakers talked about but never passed a number of gun bills proposed last year, including letting handgun carry permit holders lock their weapons inside their car while at work, HB2021, which made it to the House floor but never came up for a vote. Another bill, HB2016, would let college faculty and staff carry guns on campus, although that measure never made it out of committee. Legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle say they expect to see those issues introduced but probably sidelined this year. “Being an election year, I don’t see leadership letting that come to the surface,” said Sen. Bill Ketron, the Senate Republican Caucus Chairman from Murfreesboro.

Also, see a report in October 2011 by Knoxnews.com

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/oct/15/political-notebook-gun-bills-still-on-agenda-151/?partner=RSS

Political notebook: Gun bills still on legislative agenda — or not

By Tom Humphrey Posted October 15, 2011 at 4 a.m. 

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House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, who set up the Republican Firearms Task Force in July, says he may now disband it. At the time, McCormick said he believed the economy would be rebounding, but that appears not to be the case now.
The chairman of the task force, Republican Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville, resigned the post this week after his arrest on charges of drunken driving and illegal possession of a firearm. McCormick said that is not the reason for de-emphasizing gun legislation.
“I was really hoping the economy would be roaring back by now, and it’s not,” McCormick told the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. “I think people want us to focus more on economic development and jobs and leave some of the other issues to the side for the time being.”
“This is a timely opportunity to do that [disband it] with the gun task force,” he said. “I don’t think we need to push those issues right now.”

The preponderance of the evidence before the public is that the Republican leaders in the General Assembly, Rep. Maggart, Rep. McCormick, Speaker Harwell and quite likely even Lt. Gov. Ramsey all treated the 2nd Amendment not as a constitutional issue over the last 4 years but merely as a partisan issue. They apparently saw it as nothing more than an “issue” that had partisan important to be used or suppressed in the calculation of what was most politically expedient to increase the number of seats held by Republicans as opposed to a Constitutional issue that impacts the very capacity of citizens to provide for their own self defense.

More recently, we see news reports where Republican leaders like Maggart and McCormick are claiming that their number one job is to re-elect incumbents – nothing more than a heightened partisan role. In a TNReport.com news report dated June 1, 2012, where her “partisan first” and “incumbent first” mentalities are highlighted:

Tennessee Republicans are looking to tighten their grip on state government in the Nov. 6 general election by winning an even larger legislative majority than they’ve enjoyed the last two years.
But party leaders, particularly in the House, say a first priority is to ensure that members of their caucus survive challenges in the Aug. 2 primary.
House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick and Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart both say incumbents winning primaries is a prime concern. In McCormick’s words, incumbents deserve to be “rewarded on election day” for responsibly governing since they began dominating state politics two years ago.

* * *

Maggart sees it as her unwavering responsibility to ensure sitting lawmakers get their jobs back next year. And she faces her own tough re-election challenge against Courtney Rogers of Goodlettsville, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel.
Supporting a candidate can mean everything from political donations from individual lawmakers or the well-funded House GOP Caucus, appearances from high-ranking lawmakers such as Speaker Beth Harwell and even coming out to knock on doors or work political fundraisers.
“My job is to bring the incumbents back,” Maggart told TNReport. “That’s our job — my job — as the caucus leader.”

Now that we have caught the Republican leadership putting partisan objectives ahead of their oaths, the Constitution and their stewardship, we hear them claim “we stopped the bill because TFA pushed to hard.” Retaliation is admitted but apparently they did not see that when the claim was made.

We also see, just as Maggart and McCormick told TNReport.com, other incumbents including Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Governor Haslam running to aid the campaigns of those incumbents who think that they are “entitled” to be re-elected, such as Debra Maggart, as simply more evidence of the “incumbent protection” mentality that puts their personal objectives and thirst for power ahead of their fundamental duty of stewardship and constitutional accountability.

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NRA Endorses Maggart’s Opponent in GOP Primary

Newsletter from the Tennessee Firearms Association; June 13, 2012:

Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is announcing its endorsement of Courtney Rogers for the Tennessee House of Representatives in District 45 in the August 2 Republican primary election.

“Courtney Rogers is a staunch supporter of our right to keep and bear arms,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. “Serving our country in the U.S. military for 28 years on sensitive and important missions, Lt. Colonel Rogers has demonstrated her leadership abilities which the state of Tennessee so badly needs today. Because of her outspoken support of our Second Amendment freedoms, Courtney Rogers has earned an “AQ” rating and endorsement from the NRA-PVF.”

In contrast, her opponent, Representative Debra Maggart, has undermined our Second Amendment rights. Just this past session, Rep. Maggart tried to kill life-saving legislation known as the Safe Commute Act through procedural maneuvering behind closed doors. The Safe Commute Act would have ensured that Tennessee’s 350,000 handgun carry permit holders would have been able to defend themselves against violence as they commuted away from home. NRA members throughout the state can rest assured that Lt. Colonel Rogers, once elected to office, will see that this wrong is righted.

“We urge all NRA members and gun owners in Tennessee’s House District 45 to vote Courtney Rogers in the August 2 Republican primary,” concluded Cox.

Chris W. Cox is NRA’s chief lobbyist and a seventh generation Tennessean. He also serves as chairman of NRA-PVF. The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund is responsible for political candidate rankings. These are based on candidate voting records, public statements and responses to NRA-PVF questionnaires.

–NRA-PVF–

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Four million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Be sure to follow the NRA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalRifleAssociation and on Twitter @NRA.

 

TFA and PAC Contributions

A Tennessee Republican House member commented to TFA that

“I am aware that there has been statements made [by House leadership] that neither the NRA or TFA is serious about raising the money necessary to help us [the Republicans] win a conservative majority. . . . If you guys were serious, with the real fuel of politics, money, we could be better positioned to win more seats. . . . [w]hat you have found is your weakness….the lack of real support from your own membership……beyond the rhetoric and reaching to the finance and ground game of politics.”

The fact has been proven in 2012 that too many legislators place too much value on the money that they think gets them re-elected and too little value on their oaths to uphold and strengthen the constitutions or the rights vested or protected therein. Business interests know this and invest huge funds into political campaigns so that they can purchase the laws or repeal of laws that they desire.

TFA raises money not to support one party or the other but to support specific legislators or candidates who have demonstrated facts from which it is clear that TFA should support them to the extent we can. In 2010, for example, TFA distributed more than $30,000 in contributions to candidates. It is important for TFA to continue to grow its membership, its member support and its network with and among similar constitutionally based organizations. What can you do to help?

  • Make a financial commitment to support and Join TFA. An annual membership is about the price of one box of self-defense ammo or a box of hunting rounds. If you are already a member, recruit additional members or chip in a few more dollars with a voluntary contribution to continue our struggle to restore our rights.
  • Help TFA raise funds for the TFA PAC so that we can help to financially support not only the campaigns of those who have stood firm, particularly against the mandates of leadership, but also to support those who would challenge these “conservatives in name only” individuals during election cycles. As with Speaker Naifeh, we might not defeat Speaker Harwell, Rep. Gerald McCormick, or, based on recent events, even Lt. Gov. Ramsey in a general election but we can certainly defeat enough of those in the caucus who would return these leaders to power.
  • You can make PAC contributions online and, if you desire, on an automatically recurring basis. TFA uses both PayPal and an alternative on the website that will process payments by credit card, debit card and even checks.
  • Encourage others to take advantage of the free TFALAC email alert system. Continue to forward these messages as so many of you do but also encourage them to directly subscribe to the free alerts.
  • Join the discussion and share your communications with legislators by participating in the TFA Facebook Group and taking an active role in the more detailed discussions and information sharing on the TFA Forum