Monday, August 07, 2006


Matthew Hill Continues to Push for Firefighter Unions

Overall, I was pleased with the way the elections turned out last week. Gregory-funded Jerome Cochran was defeated in Carter County, and way more Republicans in Washington County voted for moderate Bob Corker than the combined votes for conservatives Ed Bryant and Van Hilleary. Also, Dale Ford defeated Patti Jarrett, who seemed a little too Hill-like for me. These developments do not bode well for Matthew Hill, in my opinion. Cochran was the one declaring that Phillips had no business running against Hill.

It was unfortunate that David Davis appears to have won the Republican nomination for Jenkins’ old seat, since Davis is funded by Gregory money, and since 17 year-old looking Timmy Hill (more on him at the bottom) is working on his campaign.

Hilly boy and Fred Phillips obviously won their primaries since they were unopposed. Hill did receive more votes in his primary, but that is because so many Republicans turned out to vote for Frist’s replacement. What I found interesting was that 48 people wrote in someone else to be their Republican nomination for 7th District Representative. That is pretty funny to me.

And speaking of Matthew Hill, if you look at this interview with him, you will see that he has no intention of abandoning his firefighters unionization bill, the same bill that almost everyone in the state, especially conservatives, reject. However, Fred Phillips clearly opposes it. It almost appears that Hill is trying to lose the election on purpose.

Back to 17-year old looking Timmy Hill (pictured above), hasn’t his daddy’s radio station been giving a ton of advertising and on-air interviews to David Davis while not doing the same for any of the other candidates who were vying for Jenkins’ old seat? Isn’t that illegal, when you own a broadcasting company? The Hill clan has no respect for ethics or moral boundaries. And why is this kid telling the Tri-Cities what to think politically? He can’t even grow facial hair.

***ADDENDUM, 8-8-06: I also meant to note earlier that John Lundberg, the owner of the Bristol PR firm The Corporate Image, won the Republican primary for the 1st District by a mere 20 votes. John employs Tennessee State Rep. Jason Mumpower, who receives plenty of Gregory money. What I find interesting is that Lundberg did not blabber on and on about religion on his campaign Web site, which is a relief and not surprising if you know him. However, I wondered if that upset the Gregory clan. It's very un-Matthew Hill and Ron Ramsey.

By the way, Lundberg also briefly employed Bristol Motor Speedway's Kevin Tripplett, who was trounced in the 2004 election by Virginia's Rick Boucher. I am pretty confident Gregory money was involved there too, but I don't know for sure.

Timothy Hill has been throwing a whole lot of air time toward the David Davis congressional campaign --- perhaps the news media will pick Davis as to if any congressional job offer was extended to Hill in exchange for all that air time...


Contrast Davis exposure on WPWT with that of Independent 1st(?) Tennessee House District candidate Jerry Dykes --- when Dykes calls into Timothy Hill's "Good Morning Tri-Cities", he gets the bum's rush off the air even before he can finish a statement over the telephone.
Timothy Hill thinks like a seven year old...
Why is Matthew Hill so PRO UNION??

Follow the money???
Jerry Dykes? He would drone on for 10 minutes at a time. I am glad the hill kid would cut him off after a drone session...I would almost fall asleep on the way to work.
Looks like payola to me. Yeah, it is pretty obvious that Hill likes to reward the PACs that fund him, not necessarily 7th District voters.
RE: candidate Jerry Dykes calling into WPWT GMTC

The point being is whether or not you find Dykes to be boring, but rather that is a registered candidate in a state election calling into WPWT (a radio broadcast station that is licensed by the Federal Communications Corporation). Hill on GMTC had extended half-hour segments and longer to certain Republican candidates running in other house districts --- read here as those candidates endorsed by Tennessee Right To Life.

And I cannot even begin to recall how many different times Timothy Hill had David Davis on air as either a telephonic interview or live studio guest on GMTC in addition to Hill's on-air reading of Davis campaign "news" during GMTC...
I have to agree with the commenter who is pointing out the illegality of the Hill family's radio guests. I know of talk show hosts who have been fired after proceeding with an on-air debate when one of the candidates couldn't attend. It is against the law to give more public broadcast time to one candidate over another. I am quite confident the FCC will be paying WPWT a visit very soon.
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