Conflicting spin on Sundquist’s endorsement of Blackburn

In an op-ed piece published by the News Sentinel and passed along to media via email by the Marsha Blackburn campaign, former Gov. Don Sundquist expands somewhat on his earlier endorsement of Blackburn’s campaign for the U.S. Senate while bashing the ‘intellectually dishonest” Phil Bredesen. The Democratic party, meanwhile, is striving to undermine the endorsement.

An excerpt:

 Marsha reflects Tennessee values and has a reputation as a fighter for Tennessee values in the U.S. House of Representatives. She has always been honest and clear about her positions and does not play the game of confusing the voters. She does not say one thing at home and vote the opposite when she is in D.C.  She has a proven record of standing up for Tennessee values.

On the other hand, the likely Democrat nominee, Phil Bredesen, has muddled his stance in an effort to attract Republican and Independent voters. He is being intellectually dishonest.

Though his carefully crafted television ads suggest he will work with President Trump, that is highly unlikely. Are we to believe the man who was “courted personally” by Senator Chuck Schumer would vote against the Democrat agenda once in the Washington swamp?

It is well worth remembering that Phil Bredesen served as governor with a strong Republican majority in the Tennessee House and Senate. His liberal policies were kept in check by the strength of a GOP legislature. Make no mistake, if Bredesen is elected, he will support Chuck Schumer when he gets to Washington.

Update/Note: Former House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh points out in an email that Sundquist is mistaken about Bredesen serving as governor while there was a “strong Republican majority” in the Legislature. Naifeh was speaker of the House, thanks to a Democratic majority, for the first six years of Bredesen’s gubernatorial tenure and, for his last two years, Kent Williams was House speaker – having voted for himself along with 49 Democrats to get the 50 votes needed for election.

Meanwhile, the Tennessee Democratic Party has emailed media the link to a December Tennessee Star story wherein Sundquist’s endorsement of Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd is criticized — with commentary. Here’s the email text:

 “The unpopular former governor’s endorsement . . . may well be ‘the Sundquiss of Death.” Tennessee Star, conservative blog

·         “I helped lead the fight against Governor Sundquist’s income tax and cannot imagine anyone who is an actual fiscal conservative relying upon him for guidance or support.” Tennessee State Senator Mae Beavers

·         “Sundquist is not considered any sort of ‘revered elder statesman’ of the party.” Steve Gill, conservative political pundit

·         “Is [she] trotting out Lane Kiffin next? . . . Can [Blackburn] be this politically tone deaf or is it just pure arrogance?” a “Capitol Hill insider,” as reported by the Tennessee Star.

·         “I’m so honored to earn Governor Sundquist’s endorsement. . . . I am grateful for his input.” Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Republican candidate for the United States Senate

Okay, so they were actually talking about Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd, after Sundquist endorsed him in a holiday letter to friends in December 2017 (http://tennesseestar.com/2017/12/29/failed-former-governor-don-sundquist-who-tried-to-force-state-income-tax-on-tennesseans-is-helping-randy-boyd-in-his-gubernatorial-race/).

Questions

1.    Can’t we assume that these conservative opinion leaders feel the same way about Sundquist’s endorsement of Blackburn (https://us16.campaign-archive.com/?u=7dc0d4c49e7e71f7c281b4286&id=286e98c5eb)? Surely there’s no difference between the two.

2.    Accepting the endorsement of Sundquist, whose signature initiative as governor was his push to enact a state income tax, means that Blackburn has reversed her position on the income tax and now supports it. Right?

3.    Did Sundquist give back Blackburn’s bag of ashes (https://www.nashvillepost.com/home/article/20401910/sources-blackburns-problems-more-than-bad-accounting)?

9 Responses to Conflicting spin on Sundquist’s endorsement of Blackburn

  • James White says:

    Quote “he has always been honest and clear about her positions and does not play the game of confusing the voters. She does not say one thing at home and vote the opposite when she is in D.C. ”
    That is poppycock. She does Exactly that. Check her voting record to what she comes home and says.
    She Says she is for Less spending, but votes For Omnibus spending bills, Debt limit increases and bailouts.
    She Says she wants us to have more privacy on the internet but votes For more government spying on the internet.
    Nope, Marsha is Not honoring her oath to the constitution.

  • cjmcd says:

    Ms. Blackburn has left me quizzing myself on backing her. She does vote for the people of Tennessee some of the time, but it may be she could be voting for conservative Bills she knows will fail, much as algore did so many years ago in a failing attempt to sell her conservative “record.” What really nags at me though is that she rose rapidly on the paul ryan tree, he a globalist never Trumper. Makes on think, does it not?

  • James White says:

    You are Right. Marsha Blackburn is a member of the Transatlantic Policy Network. She is a globalist.

  • Tommy Ray McAnally says:

    Blackburn is anybody’s DOG THAT WILL HUNT WITH HER, THATS THE WAY I SEE IT. O by the BLACKBURN ALSO THREW THE RETIRED MILITARY UNDER THE BUS ON OUR EARNED BENEFITS PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ALONG with BLACK,COOPER,ALEXANDER,DESJARLAI AND THE REST OF THE HIPPOCRATEIAL LEGISLATURES IN DC. How can any of you REPUBLICANS VOTE for a two faced creep that will turn their back on everyone once they get where Bill I passed selling liquor on SUNDAY Haslam? I guess all of YOU DRINK YOURSELF TO SLEEP. ALL of YOU BETTER THINK ABOUT THOSE PEARLY GETS ITS COMING. Also ST. PETER AIN’T Political.

  • Eddie White says:

    Easy decision to vote for Blackburn. James and Tommy can relax and stay home on election day since they have nobody on the ballot they can support.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      ABSOLUTELY RIGHT EDDIE. Elections are not about waiting for the perfect candidate before you vote. Rather, its the time to decide on a clear personal ideology and support those candidates that further that ideology. For conservatives the U.S. Senate race was and is easy. No one seriously disputed the fact that Marsha was more conservative than Fincher nor can anyone seriously doubt that Marsha is more conservative than Bredesen. It’s a form of madness or being a no information voter to have voted for Trump two years ago and to vote to give control of the Senate to Democrats now by voting for Bredesen.

      There are difficult decisions in life. For conservatives, choosing the next Tennessee Senator doesn’t happen to be one of them.

  • James White says:

    A vote for evil

    The lesser of 2 evils is still evil there’s plenty of people on the ballots

  • Donna Locke says:

    Well, you know, when Marsha was in the legislature and Sundquist was governor, she also fought the driver’s licenses for illegal aliens that Sundquist insisted on. This guy has done so much damage to this state.

  • James White says:

    During consideration of the Homeland Security appropriations bill, Representative Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) offered an amendment to reallocate $150 million of the bill’s funding to provide grant money for assisting states in conforming to the REAL ID Act of 2005. The REAL ID Act requires all states to issue standardized driver’s licenses that would serve as national ID cards. It was supposed to go into effect three years after the enactment of the act, but because of resistance from the states, the deadline has been extended to 2010 for states that request an extension. Once enacted, a federal agency would not be allowed to accept for any official purpose a driver’s license or ID card issued by a state that fails to meet the act’s requirements. The House rejected the Bilbray amendment by a vote of 155-268 (Roll Call 479) on June 15, 2007. The act would effectively create a national ID card.
    Marsha Blackburn voted FOR this bill.

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