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Rs Bash Barnes, Ds Bash Green in Senate District 22 (another report)

After one term in the state legislature, state Sen. Tim Barnes knew he was going to be in a fight to come back to Capitol Hill, reports the Tennessean in the latest look at an intense state Senate campaign.
“When the lieutenant governor says he wants 33 state senators and makes me a target and raises money for my opponent, believe me, I know it’s going to be a tough race,” Barnes said.
The District 22 contest between Barnes, D-Adams, and doctor and business owner Mark Green, R-Clarksville, has become negative enough to earn statewide attention.
These tactics have become more frequent in the past month, even though the major attacks haven’t been handled by the candidates. While the Tennessee Democratic Party and a nonpartisan progressive group have separately attacked Green’s record as a doctor and questioned a campaign funding issue, the state Republican caucus released a television ad criticizing Barnes’ record in the state legislature (and other stuff).
…At the same time, Republican officials outside of the Green campaign are going on the attack against Barnes. A television ad that tied the Democrat to liberal positions on federal issues, including cap-and-trade legislation and the Affordable Care Act aired on local stations and was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday.

On Barnes vs. Green in Senate District 22

From the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle:
The 178,768 people of Montgomery, Stewart and Houston counties will decide one of Tennessee’s most competitive races this November when they choose between incumbent state Sen. Tim Barnes and Dr. Mark Green for Senate District 22.
Barnes was elected to the Tennessee Senate in 2008 after he beat write-in candidate Rosalind Kurita. A legal battle fought by the Democratic Party made him the party’s nominee instead of Kurita, the incumbent.
Barnes has been practicing law for 27 years and maintains a legal practice in downtown Clarksville.
Green is president and CEO of Align MD, a hospital staffing company, and previously worked as an emergency room physician and as a flight surgeon for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Green served two deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. Both candidates sat down with The Leaf-Chronicle recently to lay out their positions on major issues facing the state Senate.

Full story HERE.

GOP Senate Nominee Green, Hospital Bashed in Mailer

The gloves are off in the race for Tennessee Senate District 22, according to the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle.
In a direct mailer sent this week, Sen. Tim Barnes attacked Dr. Mark Green and his record with Gateway Medical Center.
The glossy, paid for by the Tennessee Democratic Party, claims that under Green’s management Gateway was the lowest-ranked hospital in the state and that Green was caught directing doctors to “cherry-pick” healthier patients to boost hospital profits.
But the claims in the mailer are based on out-of-date data and are not fair to the hospital, according to members of the hospital staff.
“He truly painted a picture that was incongruent with the current facts about Gateway Medical Center,” said William McGee, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Gateway.
The mailer cites data from a Consumer Reports article that claims Gateway was the lowest-rated hospital in the state and had a death rate higher than the national average.
But Gateway CEO Tim Puthoff said in a statement that the Consumer Reports article used old data that included only 37 of the 120 hospitals in Tennessee and Gateway’s mortality for August 2011 to July 2012 was in line with the national average.
In the statement Puthoff said he met with Barnes Friday and Barnes agreed not to mention Gateway in any further campaign communications.

Republican Green Launches Campaign Against Sen. Barnes

Dr. Mark Green – Republican hopeful for the District 22 state Senate seat currently held by Democrat Tim Barnes – fired an opening campaign shot at his presumed opponent Friday evening.
From the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle:
Speaking to a dinner audience of almost 100 campaign supporters at the Hilton Garden Inn near Exit 4, Green didn’t mention Sen. Barnes by name, but said, “I won’t ride on the coattails of (state Rep.) Joe Pitts.”
Backed at the complimentary dinner by leading Tennessee Republicans including U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Green, who has lived in Clarksville for 10 years, officially launched his bid for the GOP nomination for Tennessee’s Senate. Earlier in the day, Blackburn and Ramsey had led other fundraising efforts for Green’s campaign.
Green is CEO of Align MD, a Clarksville-based health care company serving hospitals in five Southeastern states. He also founded Align MD Foundation, which provides physicians for humanitarian mission trips to Ethiopia and Cambodia. Green served in the Army as a ranger and as a special operations physician, participating in the capture of Saddam Hussein. He interviewed Hussein on the night of his capture.
In an evening event emceed by retired Gen. Hugh Smith, Green was hailed as a “true American hero” by Ramsey. Blackburn said Green joins the party platform focused on “jobs, the economy, and out-of-control government spending.”
“I am a warrior, and I am a fighter,” Green told his audience, “and I want to fight for this community.”