Democrat Alan Woodruff of Gray is running against history in Northeast Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District, observes the Kingsport Times-News, since no Democrat has been elected to represent the district in either the 20th or the 21st century.
Woodruff was quick to be lighthearted about politics when asked about his campaign plan.
“You need to understand I suffer from a serious case of (Vice President) Joe Biden disease,” Woodruff said with a smile. “If you ask a question, I’m likely to give you an answer. But, as an example of partisanship, I also adopt the (GOP presidential challenger) Mitt Romney philosophy that I may forget what I’ve said, but I’m sure I stand by it.”
Woodruff, a 69-year-old attorney, is going up against two-term GOP incumbent U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, plus two independent challengers and one Green Party candidate, in a long shot bid to win the district seat.
Vice President Joe Biden touched down in Nashville for the second time in six months Monday to rev up a few dozen Democratic Party stalwarts and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for President Barack Obama’s re-election bid, reports Michael Cass.
On his way out of town, Biden surprised a group of home-schooled children with an impromptu motorcade stop along Old Hickory Boulevard.
Biden was the headliner at a $10,000-a-head fundraiser at real estate executive and Obama “bundler” Bill Freeman’s Green Hills home. The vice president was there for more than an hour and spoke for 30-40 minutes, according to people who attended.
“It was a very successful event, and we were thrilled to host it,” Freeman said, declining to comment further.
As 30 or so paying guests ate salmon, beef, grits and a green salad, Biden spoke informally but passionately about Obama’s campaign against presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. He touched on foreign policy and issues affecting women and stood behind his comments in support of same-sex marriage made during a Sunday news program.
The vice president also said the Republican Party had been taken over by tea party factions whose first interest is winning without compromising, not making the country better, one donor said. He refrained from personal attacks but indicated that Romney, a wealthy former Massachusetts governor, was out of touch with working people’s concerns.
Six months after touching down in Nashville to raise campaign money, Vice President Joe Biden will be back to do it again Monday, according to The Tennessean.
Biden is scheduled to headline a lunchtime fundraiser at real estate mogul Bill Freeman’s house. Freeman, one of Tennessee’s top fundraisers for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, declined to comment Friday.
Biden is not expected to make any public appearances. Some roads will be closed late Monday morning through mid-afternoon for security purposes, the Metro Police Department said.
Biden visited venture capitalist Andrew Byrd’s home to raise money for the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee on Nov. 7. Byrd, like Freeman, is one of the campaign’s fundraising “bundlers.”
A Nashville Democratic fundraiser, held Nov. 7 and featuring Vice President Joe Biden, raised about $400,000, according to The Tennessean.
The afternoon fundraiser at venture capitalist Andrew Byrd’s Belle Meade home was for some of the Democratic Party’s biggest, most loyal donors. Some of the people in the crowd of about 20 gave not only the maximum contribution of $5,000 to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign but also $30,800 — the current calendar-year limit — to the Democratic National Committee.
…On hand were the Obama 2012 campaign’s national finance chairman, Matthew Barzun, whose family lives in Louisville, Ky., and deputy finance director Elizabeth Lowery, who had been a fundraiser for former Democratic Congressman and Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. of Memphis. U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, was there. So were Obama’s five fundraising “bundlers” in Tennessee: Byrd, real estate magnate Bill Freeman, state Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester, and attorneys Charles Robert Bone and David Garrison, the state party’s treasurer.
Also attending were Democratic stalwarts like Jane Eskind, who had donated the full $35,800 in June, when Biden was originally scheduled to visit; attorney George Barrett; and Lon Johnson, a vice president of Byrd’s firm, TVV Capital, who recently married Julianna Smoot, a deputy manager of Obama’s campaign.
Mike McWherter, the 2010 Democratic nominee for governor, didn’t attend, but he had given the maximum amount earlier this year, campaign finance records show.
Bone, who gave the full $35,800 on June 30, said he and the other donors “were honored to host the vice president in Nashville” and felt they got their money’s worth.