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Democratic Radio Ad Focuses on GOP Candidate Ethics

News release from Tennessee Democratic Party:
Martin, Tenn.–The Tennessee Democratic Party released a radio advertisement featuring a West Tennessee senior citizen who filed an ethics complaint again John Stevens, an embattled attorney and Republican candidate for the state senate in District 24.
The one-minute spot features Ginger Virginia House, Steven’s former client.  It’s running on radio stations throughout the senate district in Northwest Tennessee. House filed an ethics complaint against Stevens after he charged her for services that were never delivered.
The following is a transcription of the advertisement:
“Have you heard about John Stevens, the candidate that ripped up a dying woman’s will, changed the beneficiaries of her will, and admitted to it in a sworn statement?  When I heard about this, I had to come forward and speak out.  My name is Ginger Virginia House.  My husband and I also hired John Stevens to write a will for our family.  But John pocketed our money, never did the will, and didn’t even return our calls.  He shouldn’t treat people that way.  Because of what John Stevens did to the dying lady in a coma, and to my family, I filed an ethics complaint against him.  I understand that the woman in a coma wanted to leave her money to St. Jude Children Hospital, but John Stevens tried to stop that.  I knew John Stevens and how he operates; John Stevens is a bad apple.  If you can’t trust John Stevens with a will for senior citizens, you can’t trust John Stevens at all.”
You can hear the ad online at TNDP.org.
This is not the first time Stevens has found himself in ethical hot water. Court documents show that Stevens tore up the last will and testament of Ruth Karas while she was unconscious. Karas reportedly intended to leave much of her estate to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
St. Jude and Youth Town sued to restore the original will, which directed her estate to be split between the two organizations, other than $100,000 left to Keras’ brother, Earl Allen.
According to court records, Stevens drew up a power of attorney on behalf of Keras, naming Peggy Wilkes of Carroll County as her attorney-in-fact. He also established a revocable trust establishing that upon her death its assets would be divided equally between Wilkes and Allen.

TN Stripper Recounts Role in Weiner Scandal; Says Congressman Asked Her to Lie

When Ginger Lee, a Nashville stripper whose real name is Candice Raines, became a fan of former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, she thought she was doing her part by supporting his stance on health care reform and women’s right to choose.
Instead, reports Richard Lawson of the Chattanooga TFP, the 28-year-old former porn actress got swept up in Weiner’s cyber scandal.
Raines’ decision to follow the congressman on Twitter led to sexual innuendo-laced emails from him and made her a key figure in ending Weiner’s promising political career.
After the story broke in late May, she went into hiding to avoid the media that had camped out at her Tennessee home and hounded her.
In her first interview since Weiner’s resignation, Raines said her sole purpose for connecting with the congressman was to support his political stance on issues she cared about and that much of her blogging about him was taken out of context. She said her own troubles with obtaining health insurance because of chronic mental illness she’s had since a teenager — she once said she has paranoid schizophrenia — triggered the interaction with the former congressman. Raines also has lupus.
…Once Weiner’s texting indiscretions went public, it wasn’t long before she was pulled into the scandal. She released a statement Weiner provided her, asking her to lie, and then went into hiding.
“She just wanted to stay quiet and go on with her life,” said Raines’ Nashville attorney, Marian Fordyce. “But now she’s been portrayed as a Jezebel, whore or whatever.”