Saturday, January 08, 2005


Outsider part II

When the primary elections came along for the 7th District Hilly boy aligned himself with outsiders, which of course is what he is.

First let me say one thing. I don't have a problem with Bob Patton getting defeated. He committed political suicide in Tennessee by voting for consideration of an income tax. And I also think he probably got complacent after serving for 10 years and being on lots of committees. And I would not have a problem with Hilly boy defeating him if Hilly boy had stood as his own man.

However, Hilly boy teamed up with the Tennessee Forum, which ran ads pointing out Patton's tax vote. This group was comprised of wealthy Nashville residents and even one Alabaman. These are the same type of people who committed terrorist acts by throwing rocks at the state capitol when the income tax debate was the hottest. And Hilly boy made it clear before the primaries were even held that he was going to represent the interests of those outside of Washington County.

And during that campaign Hilly boy quoted Patton as saying he did not return emails. What Hilly boy did not say is that the context of the quote was Patton talking about the way PACs and special interest groups harrassed him. He did not return their emails because they were not citizens of the 7th District. The reason Hilly boy was practicing deception is because the groups are the very people he aims to serve. I am sure that Patton probably could have communicated better with citizens, but the quote that Hilly boy used was taken out of context. I thought they taught that lying was a sin in Sunday school.

For more info on Hilly boy's connections and his dirty campaign, just read below and then follow the link.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- New political action committees have already made their impact in Tennessee's election season. DECISION 2004 In Upper East Tennessee, former radio talk show host Matthew Hill defeated incumbent Rep. Bob Patton of Johnson City with money largely from members of one family and a group called The Tennessee Forum. The two men both spent about $30,000 each for what both acknowledge was an aggressive campaign. But The Forum's most recent disclosure, dated July 1 and reviewed by The Knoxville News Sentinel, indicates it spent about $13,000 on ads against Patton. That's more than a third of what Hill's campaign spent on the race. The Forum was set up as a "Section 527" organization under federal law. It's financed by Middle Tennessee Republicans and their businesses, and bought advertising attacking Patton. [...more]

New PACs showing their power in election

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