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Notes on TN Democrats at the National Convention, 9/4/12

Poking Fun at Clint Eastwood
Tennessee Democrats got their party’s national political convention rolling on Monday by poking fun at Clint Eastwood and asserting that, yes, Americans are better off than they were four years ago, reports Michael Collins.
Taking a page from Eastwood’s skit at the Republican National Convention, delegate Bill Freeman of Nashville brought an empty chair to the stage of a Tennessee Democratic delegation breakfast and pretended to hold a conversation with the missing actor.
In his much-ridiculed performance before GOP delegates in Tampa, Fla., last week, Eastwood critiqued President Barack Obama’s first three years in office while speaking to an empty chair that he said represented Obama.
Freeman, a real-estate executive and prolific Obama fundraiser, said he wanted to remind Eastwood of a few highlights from Obama’s presidency that Eastwood forgot to mention.
“After over a century of working on health-care reforms, the president — my president — got it done,” Freeman said, eliciting hoots and cheers from the other Democrats.

Maryland’s O’Mally Drops By
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley made a surprise appearance as the Tennessee delegation to the Democratic National Convention, reports Michael Cass.
O’Malley is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, so there may have been an ulterior motive for his appearance. But the former Baltimore mayor used his few minutes at the podium to promote President Barack Obama, not himself.
O’Malley said Republican nominee Mitt Romney, “armed with his trusty Etch A Sketch, had three days to try to do his reinvention” during his party’s convention last week. O’Malley was referring to a Romney aide’s comparison of moving back to the political middle following the primary season to a children’s toy known for completely erasing a picture.
“Now we have three days to bring us back to the true reality, which is that our economy is getting better, not worse; our country is getting stronger, not weaker; we’re moving forward, not backward; and we’re doing so because of Barack Obama,” he said, proceeding to lead the delegates in a chant of “forward, not backward!”

A Security Swing to Obama?
Seeing an opening in an area they’ve long ceded to Republicans, Tennessee Democrats talked Monday about how to win over voters in the national security arena., according to The Tennessean.
Michael Breen, vice president of the Truman National Security Project, said Democrats in down-ballot races need to find a way to take advantage of the 20-point polling advantage President Barack Obama has opened up over Republican nominee Mitt Romney on matters of national security.
Obama, who gave the orders to capture and kill Osama bin Laden and other terrorist leaders, has dominated so thoroughly that Romney didn’t mention war in his acceptance speech at the Republican convention last week. According to The Associated Press, he was the first GOP nominee to stay away from the topic in 60 years.
But the president’s lead hasn’t “filtered down” to other campaigns, Breen said. In fact, most Democrats start out trailing by 20 points on national security.

Tennessean Political Editor Clint Brewer Takes ECD Job

News release from Department of Economic and Community Development:
NASHVILLE — Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today named veteran journalist Clint Brewer as Assistant Commissioner, Communications and Creative Services.
“I’m pleased to have someone with Clint Brewer’s depth of experience joining our economic development leadership team,” said Commissioner Hagerty. “As a former business owner and media executive, Clint Brewer will effectively lead our department’s communications and marketing efforts.”
“I’m grateful to Governor Haslam and Commissioner Hagerty for this opportunity,” said Brewer. “Tennessee is one of the very best places in this country to do business, and I am excited to help spread that message.”
Brewer comes to ECD with more than 15 years experience in the Tennessee media as an award-winning reporter, editor and publisher. He was previously at The Tennessean in Nashville as the newspaper’s political editor. He has also previously served as editor of the daily Lebanon Democrat and of Nashville’s City Paper. Brewer started his own company in 2000 where he owned the Mt. Juliet News, a weekly newspaper in Wilson County.
Prior to his tenure at the Tennessean, Brewer was executive director of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, a non-profit, free market think tank.
Brewer is a native of Knoxville, TN and a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He was national president of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2007-08, where he led a lobbying effort in the U.S. House and Senate to see a national reporter shield law passed. He is a former board member of the Tennessee Press Association, and served as the co-chair of TPA’s Government Affairs committee during the last legislative session.
In his current role, Brewer will lead all communications and marketing efforts for ECD, including oversight of the department’s press and creative services teams. ECD’s Communications and Creative Services division keeps staff, legislators, other state and city departments, local agencies, the media and the general public informed of ECD services, programs and activities. The division also provides strategic communications planning for the department and the coordination and execution of all ECD public events.