Report from House District 42: Fincher Vs. Williams

As an example of how Republicans are mounting serious challenges this year in what could be considered safe Democratic seats, WPLN focuses on Putnam County, where incumbent Democrat state Rep. Henry Fincher faces Republican Ryan Williams.
Included is this snippet on how Fincher is dealing with the pro-GOP environment:
As he works the room at the bean supper, Fincher wants voters to remember his reputation, not his party.
Voter: “I hate to say this, is that Democrat or Republican?
Fincher: “Pro-gun, pro-life, anti-illegal immigration. Yes ma’am.”
Voter: “Just checkin’ up on you.”
Fincher: “No problem here, Church of Christ, yeah.”
Voter: “Alright! That’s our man.”
Fincher says he has to downplay his democratic status to win.
“I’m not advertising or trumpeting the fact that I’m a Democrat. It’s a bad year to be a Democrat. The brand has been damaged by the left wing of the party. They have really screwed up things for guys like me.”
Fincher doesn’t fully buy into the notion that national politics will affect down-ballot races like his. He does admit that he’s “sailing with the wind in his face,” but as he puts it, “a good sailor can sail through it.”

3 thoughts on “Report from House District 42: Fincher Vs. Williams

  1. Steve Steffens (LWC)

    When the Democratic candidate allows himself to be put on the defensive and starts apologizing for [being a Democrat], and says he really doesn’t believe in [their platform], he is sure to lose. The people don’t want a phony Democrat. If it’s a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat. _ Harry S. Truman, May 17, 1952

  2. Mike

    What the people want is responsible representation and a government that stays within it’s bounds and takes the public trust seriously. They are sick of partisan bickering and tired lame excuses and finger pointing. We are entering a period of an intense results oriented electorate.
    Republicans who assume they win because the public suddenly decided they loved Mitch McConnell and John Boehner do so at their own peril.

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