Wednesday, July 19, 2006


So Far, 7th District Overwhelmingly Rejects Matthew Hill

When it comes to donating to a candidate for the 7th District House, people who live in the 7th District overwhelmingly support Fred Phillips, not outsider Hill.

Through the end of June 2006, Matthew Hill has received almost all of his money from outside the 7th District, with very little support from inside. Hill has had only seven people from the 7th District donate a total of $3,300 to his campaign, while 16 people outside of the 7th District donated almost $15,000. Of the donations from the seven people in the 7th District, one couple was responsible for almost half, and a third person is closely aligned with the Gregory family.

Fred Phillips, on the other hand, has received almost all of his money from inside the 7th District. Phillips has received $18,400 from 33 different people in the 7th District, and only $2,200 from four people outside the 7th District. Phillips, by the way, has also received more overall donations than Hill.

Hill beat Tony DeLucia in 2004 by only about 3,000 votes. I don’t think he can count on that happening this time around. I have to say, these findings are quite enjoyable.

If you look at organizations that have given to Phillips, you’ll find the Johnson City Public Safety Association and that’s all. As for Hill, he has received money from Bellsouth Employees TN PAC, the Fund to Elect David Hawk, the Committee to Elect Sargent, Tennessee Highway Contractors PAC,, the Tennessee House Republican Caucus and of course, the Johnson City Pro. Firefighters PAC (his union buddies). Throw in the $4,000 from the Gregorys (who fund many other PACs) and it’s pretty easy to see Hill is sold out to every special interest group he can find. His funding is in such stark contrast to Fred’s, it’s really amazing. I am encouraged to see democracy at the individual level fighting back against the machinery.

One last note about Hill’s funding. He received three donations from Janice Garrison, who is listed as a self-employed restaurant owner. However, Janice Garrison has two different addresses. I will admit that it is possible that two people with the same name who have the exact same profession could have each donated to Hill. However, given the way Hill’s daddy runs his non-profit business, my bet is that something fishy is going on.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Matthew Hill: He raised his pension and supports unions

I have confirmed that Hilly boy did vote to give himself a pension raise. If you go to the House Journal here and look at pages 76-79, you will see on SB3178/HB3266 that Matthew Hill voted yes. Notable conservatives who voted no include Chris Clem, Beth Harwell (who really didn't like this bill) and Elizabethton’s Jerome Cochran. There’s nothing like sending a representative to Nashville just to have him give himself a raise.

In other news, Hill appears to even be alienating people in Sullivan County, his home county and the place he spends most of his time (not the 7th District). In the June 29th Kingsport Times-News, at the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Wrap-Up Session, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Deborah Woolley praised Ron Ramsey and other Republicans while condemning Hill’s work:
“But it bothers me that in a political year, when they play these wedge issues, that the business community became a pawn. There are already promises that some of these will be back next year. … Minimum wage will be back, and firefighters unions will be back. … That’s a threat.”
David Davis followed that up with this quote:
“It was one of the most anti-business (legislative) sessions I have been involved in.”
Hill knows a thing or two about pawns.

And finally, Fred Phillips was on the front page of the Johnson City Press on Sunday. Not really much talk about Hill, which I found funny. I may post a recap later, but he did state his opposition to abortion, which has to disappoint Hill.

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Saturday, July 01, 2006


Matthew Hill's Campaign Crew: Homeschool Kids from Outside the 7th District

Well, Hilly boy was campaigning at Jonesborough Days and, from this picture, it appears that once again his campaign team of homeschool kids from around Knoxville and Chattanooga are posing as residents of the 7th District. It's all smoke and mirrors and deception with Hill and his family. Hardly anyone in that picture is older than 10. I'm pretty sure they can't vote, even in their home districts.

Of course there is the possibility his campaign team of 10-year olds is comprised of kids from his youth group in Sullivan County. Which reminds me, Hill works and goes to church in Sullivan County, not the 7th District. In fact, to this day he spends most of his time outside of the 7th District. He just happens to live in Telford, moving there six months before the 2004 election, because he thought Patton was the easiest person to beat. If only Hill had decided to campaign against someone else in another district, we wouldn't have this deceptive, disingenuous kid representing us in Nashville. Hopefully that will end soon.

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