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Defeated Democrat Says Party Shortchanged Legislative Candidates

Steve Glaser, who lost the state House District 44 race to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Mike McDonald, has delivered a harsh critique of the lack of support for his efforts from the state Democratic party. Steve Hale has reproduced his email and a response from TNDP.
Excerpt from the email:
My opponents party used their considerable clout and gravity to move his candidacy forward and managed to besmirch my reputation in the press with little or no response from us. The TNGOP conducted polling and provided technical support to my opponent and helped raise PAC money from traditional republican strongholds. It appears their strategy was to raise money, present their candidate as a reasonable person, and promote his republicanism to exploit his affiliation with the Romney Campaign.
On the other hand the TNDP provided absolutely no support to our campaign. In fact, we had to pay for access to Votebuilder, and pay for a “poll” that was ostensibly for us but was done for multiple candidates. We had to cajole the party into including our website on the candidate page. We had to request our video be promoted like the other candidates, but it was too late. We received more financial help from the Sumner County Democratic Party than from the TNDP which was zero. It was like pulling teeth to get our calls answered and the answers we got were often times inconsistent or wrong.

Excerpt from the response of TNDP’s Brandon Puttbrese:
“The Tennessee Democratic Party did more for candidates this time around than it’s ever done, broadly speaking, more than we’ve ever done for candidates across the board [than] ever before. Now some candidates needed more assistance, some needed less assistance. But we tried to offer a base level of support for every candidate.”
When asked, Puttbrese declined to say whether he rejected Glaser’s critique or if the former candidate’s claims of an absentee party organization were incorrect.
“We did everything we could for all kinds of candidates,” Puttbrese said. “I won’t say that Steve is wrong. I won’t say that he’s right. I would like to have a conversation with him, versus reading it on a blog, and I think that some people have had a conversation with him, not me personally. So, I’m not here to mince hairs with Steve. I think he did the best he could do in a tough district.”

Maggart: Yes, the Gun Group Negative Ads Beat Me

Leading House Republican Rep. Debra Maggart hasn’t decided whether she’ll make another go if it in 2014 following her recent GOP primary defeat in Sumner County, according to TNReport.
The Hendersonville Republican blamed her loss on the National Rifle Federation and the Tennessee Firearms Association which “dumped over $150,000” worth of political ads into the race, she said.
“To tell the people of my district over and over and over that I am for gun control, which is a total lie, was very effective. People say they don’t like negative campaigning, but negative campaigning works,” she said following a roundtable discussion between Gov. Bill Haslam, legislators and business and education officials about improving higher education while at Tennessee Technology Center in Nashville Tuesday.
A review of contributions by political action committees indicated the NRA and TFA collectively injected $102,000 into the race.
Maggart’s opponent, Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers, enjoyed a 57 percent favorable vote to Maggart’s 43 percent to defeat the incumbent in the Aug. 2 Republican primary election. Rogers now goes on to compete with Democrat Jeanette Jackson in the general.

Six Legislators Get a Final Taxpayer-funded Trip

Six Tennessee legislators leaving the General Assembly this year are in Chicago this week on what could amount to a taxpayer-funded junket, according to TNReport.
Four retiring legislators and two state reps who lost their bids for re-election in last week’s primary have given the state notice they plan to get reimbursed for attending the National Conference of State Legislatures annual summit in the Windy City that began Monday, a trip that could cost as much as than $2,500 in registration, airfare, hotel stay, per diem and cab rides.
They are Rep. Richard Montgomery, R-Sevierville, and Rep. Jeanne Richardson, D-Memphis, who lost their primaries, and retiring lawmakers Sen. Mike Faulk, R-Church Hill; Rep. Don Harmon, D-Dunlap; Sen. Roy Herron, D-Dresden; and Rep. Jimmy Naifeh, D-Covington.
One of the General Assembly’s highest-ranking Republicans says he trusts that the departing lawmakers have good reasons behind their decisions to make the trip.
“I know it will be beneficial to the others who attend to get the benefit of their wisdom and their years of service,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville. “I think discretion is the better part of valor with these things, and obviously they’ve exercised their discretion and think it’s fine to go. I’m not passing judgment on it.”
Legislators are permitted to let taxpayers foot the bill for out-of-state legislative trips, complete with a per diem, travel and lodging expenses. Even outgoing lawmakers are entitled, said Connie Ridley, director of Tennessee’s office of Legislative Affairs.
“Members of the General Assembly serve as a legislator until the general election in November,” Ridley said in an email. “They are no longer eligible for compensation of any form the evening before the November general election.”


UPDATE NOTE: Herron, though authorized to make the trip, reports that he did not go.

Unofficial Incumbent Casualty Count: 7 Republicans, 5 Democrats

Final unofficial returns from the state Division of Elections this morning indicate that seven incumbent Republicans and five incumbent Democrats lost bids for re-election in Thursday’s primaries.
Latest additions to the incumbent loser list are Rep. Jim Cobb, R-Spring City, defeated by insurance agent Ron Travis 4.357 votes to 4,252 , according to the final unofficial returns; and Rep. Mary Pruitt, D-Nashville, defeated by Harold Love Jr. by about 40 votes.
Other defeated incumbent Republican legislators were House Republican Caucus Chairman Debra Maggart of Hendersonville, House Education Committee Chairman Richard Montgomery of Sevierville; and Reps. Dale Ford of Jonesborough, Julia Hurley of Lenoir City, Linda Elam of Mount Juliet, Don Miller of Morristown.
Other than Pruitt, the Democratic incumbents losing in primaries had all been paired with fellow incumbent Democrats in Republican-controlled redistricting earlier this year. Pruitt was defeated by the son of a former state representative.
Some of the victories for other incumbents were by very close margins, leaving the possibility of challenges or recounts.
Republican Rep. Tony Shipley of Kingsport had 3,405 votes to 3,394 for challenger Ben Mallicote while Rep. Vance Dennis of Savannah had 3,243 votes to 3,238 for challenger Shirley B. Curry.

Note: See story below for quotes and details.

AP’s Early Morning Legislative Race Roundup Report (with updates)

By Lucas Johnson, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart lost her state House primary Thursday to a retired Air Force officer backed by the National Rifle Association.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting Thursday night, Lt. Col. Courtney Rogers had 3,392 votes, or 58 percent, compared with Maggart’s 2,421 votes, or 42 percent.
In the two dozen races where GOP state lawmakers were facing challenges, at least four incumbents were defeated.
Five incumbent lawmakers — four Republicans and one Democrat — were in races too close to call. (Note: Final unofficial returns show seven Republican incumbents and five Democratic incumbents losing. See further parenthetical note below.)
Maggart’s race in Sumner County was the most closely watched because of her GOP leadership position and the NRA’s involvement against a member of a party it usually backs.
Outraged that Maggart didn’t push through legislation in the last House session to allow workers to store guns in vehicles parked on company lots regardless of their employers’ wishes, the NRA endorsed Rogers and paid for ads and a billboard that pictured her with President Barack Obama, an unpopular figure in Tennessee.

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