Tennessee Democrats held a breakfast fundraiser Friday at Nashville’s Cabana Restaurant with an admission price of $250 and with various current and former officeholders as co-hosts.
The Tennessee Republican party held an evening fundraiser March 31 at the governor’s residence with admission prices ranging from $3,000 to $25,000, with Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, as lead hosts.
Democrats criticized the Republican fundraiser. (Previous post HERE.) But Republicans have gone them one better (or worse?) in critiquing the Democratic fundraiser – basically ridiculing it as a gathering of losers – in a radio ad as well as a news release.
The exchange — including Democrats using the GOP commercial to send a followup fundraising letter — may say something for the state of party status in Tennessee these days.
Here’s the script for the radio commercial, as provided by the state GOP, entitled “Winning” and featuring the supposed voice of Charlie Sheen as well as a female narrator (VO for ‘voice over’ in the script):
VO- Paid for by the Tennessee Republican Party.
CHARLIE SHEEN- Winning, anyone?
VO- Charlie Sheen knows about winning. But Tennessee Democrats? Well, Al Gore is hosting a Nashville Unity Breakfast with the largest gathering of losing Democrat politicians probably ever.
VO- Besides losing elections, Democrats have a lot to unify over; Barack Obama’s healthcare takeover, a failed budget-busting stimulus boondoggle, and trillion dollar deficits.
VO- Now that’s Democrat unity and a recipe for losing elections.
VO- Help us defeat Barack Obama. Go to TNGOP.org.
CHARLIE SHEEN- Losers. Winning. Buh bye.
The text of the Republican party news release and the Democrats’ followup fundraising letter are both below.
News release from the Tennessee Republican Party:
On Friday, Tennessee Democrats, led by former Vice President and failed presidential candidate Al Gore, will hold a “Unity Breakfast” in Nashville. Headlining the event are former Congressman Bart Gordon, former Congressman Lincoln Davis, former Congressman John Tanner, former gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter and former U.S. Senate candidate Bob Tuke.
Due to the failed policies of Democrats and Barack Obama, Gordon and Tanner chose not to run for re-election last year after it became obvious that they would be rejected by voters in their districts. Davis was overwhelmingly defeated in the 4th Congressional district by Dr. Scott DesJarlais. McWherter lost his bid for Governor against Bill Haslam and Tuke was only able to win one county in his bid for U.S. Senate against Senator Lamar Alexander.
“This so-called Unity Breakfast might be the largest gathering of failed Democrat politicians in one place ever in Tennessee. Besides their losing campaigns, the one thing they can unify around is the disastrous policies of Democrats and President Obama,” said Chris Devaney, Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party.
Last year, Democrats lost elections across Tennessee, resulting in Republicans gaining a 7-2 majority in Tennessee’s Congressional delegation, plus large majorities in the Tennessee General Assembly and a landslide victory for Governor Bill Haslam.
“Democrats should abandon Barack Obama and his liberal progressive policies that are wrecking our country, or face even worse defeats than they had this past election in Tennessee. The problem is their party is out of fresh ideas and it seems the only fresh thing this breakfast meeting will offer is the orange juice,” said Devaney.
On Thursday, the Tennessee Republican Party began airing a radio ad statewide in response to the Tennessee Democrats’ event.
The Unity Breakfast event, which is also a fundraiser for the Tennessee Democratic Party, is charging $250.00 for patrons and is free for donors who have committed a $1000 to the Democratic Party.
Emailed fundraising letter from Tennessee Democratic Party (without links):
Only one word can describe the latest move by the Tennessee GOP: Arrogance.
On Thursday, the Tennessee GOP announced it would be running a statewide radio ad called “Winning.” The spot featured the irrational and senseless Charlie Sheen, who lost his kids because he abused drugs and alcohol and mistreated women. Is that what the GOP calls winning?
Tennessee Republicans voted to end Medicare for seniors and are passing laws that send Tennessee schools back to the Stone Age — broken promises to people who have worked their whole lives and an increasingly uneven playing field for rural families and working people. Is that what the GOP calls winning? Those aren’t Tennessee values.
Show Tennessee Republicans we won’t let them get away with this. Can you give $5, $10 or more today to help us fight back?
While they’re taking direction and handouts from big corporations, we rely on grassroots Democrats like you to show our strength and to be a true force for progress. Every gift – no matter how small – helps us put Republican seats in play.
And we’re going to go after them for this. They’re playing games with people’s livelihoods. We have got to stand up to their ideologically driven nonsense. Help us fight back with a gift of $5 or more to the TNDP Unity Fund.
Yours in the fight,
Chip Forrester, Chair, Tennessee Democratic Party