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A Divorce, a Mailer and the ‘Pinocchio for Senate’ Campaign?

Republican state Senate candidate Todd Gardenhire accused his primary opponent, Greg Vital, of anonymously mailing to voters a 15-year-old request from Gardenhire’s ex-wife, asking for a protective order against him, but not telling “the rest of the story” — that a judge dismissed the entire matter nine days later.
An excerpt from the rest of Chris Carroll’s story:
“The other thing missing from this [letter] was a disclaimer,” Gardenhire said Tuesday. “The disclaimer should have read, ‘This letter was authorized by the Pinocchio for State Senate Campaign, Greg Vital, chairman.'”
Both men are running in Senate District 10’s Republican primary to replace Sen. Andy Berke, a Democrat who’s declined a re-election bid in order to run for mayor of Chattanooga.
Gardenhire launched the accusations at Vital during a dramatic lunchtime meeting of the Hamilton County Republican Women’s Club at county GOP headquarters in Chattanooga. While both candidates verbally sparred, Vital never addressed whether his campaign mailed the petition.
Pressed about the mailer after the meeting, Vital initially refused to answer questions.
“You’re badgering,” he told a reporter. “I got one in the mail, too. That’s all I’m saying.”
Moments later, he threw up his hands and said, “I have no idea” when asked directly whether he or his campaign had any involvement in sending the mailer.
Gardenhire’s “Pinocchio” accusation came a week after the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported occasions in which Vital’s websites or Vital himself said he was a college graduate despite his never graduating.
Last week, an unknown number of Hamilton County homes received a handwritten envelope containing a petition for an order of protection. There was no return address.
Written June 27, 1997, by Gardenhire’s ex-wife, Kathy Gardenhire, the petition says she and their young son were “afraid for our lives” after Gardenhire “started raging,” “losing control” and “[throwing] things as hard as he can.”
“He raves through the house threatening me bodily harm,” she wrote in the petition.
But court records show that, nine days later, Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern signed an order dismissing the petition, noting that Kathy Gardenhire “asked that this action be dismissed.”
“[The] Court has determined that both parties have come to an agreement and a dismissal is in the best interest of the parties,” the order reads.
That information wasn’t included in the mailer. The Gardenhires remained married until “irreconcilable differences” led to a divorce that was finalized in 2008, court records show.

Anonymous Mailer Trashes Senate Candidate for Rock & Roll

An anonymous mailer targeting 20th Senate District candidate Steve Dickerson hits the Republican for — shock! — playing rock ‘n’ roll, Chas Sisk reports..
“Exposing Steve Dickerson,” a tri-fold mailer that comes complete with a stamp of Ronald Reagan stroking his chin and Barack Obama photoshopped into a doctor’s coat, has been going out in waves this month to select recipients.
The mailer promotes an anti-Dickerson website, www.NoDickerson.com. It lists some of his donors who, like Dickerson, are doctors. But the real expose comes inside, with the disclosure that Dickerson plays in a hard rock band,
Documentation is provided in the form of photographs of Dickerson sporting an earring and bandana and making the horned-finger rock-star gesture.
“Are his values conservative enough for YOU?” the mailer asks. “If not, please vote for one of the other candidates.”
The sender may have had one of Dickerson’s competitors in mind, but none is mentioned. A quick response code in a corner takes the recipient to the No Dickerson website, which contains info on his Republican opponents. No organization is identified.

More on the Mean Mailer in Knoxville Mayor’s Race

Georgiana Vines has more on a widely-denounced anonymous mailer that disparages Knoxville mayoral candidate Madeline Rogero and supporters. Among the denouncers is her opponent, Mark Padgett.
The flier, written by “A Concerned Knoxville Republican,” is the third — and harshest — to appear in recent weeks. It calls Rogero “a left wing community organizer like her hero Barack Hussein Obama” and says her base of support “is a bunch of drug addicts and hippies.”
“She wants to proclaim Knoxville as a ‘sanctuary City’ so these Mexicans don’t have to worry about being arrested or deported for assaulting people like us or selling drugs in our schools,” the author said.
The flier said two Republicans, (Billy) Stokes and Chad Tindell, who support her, are “fat” lawyers. Stokes would be law director if she wins, the flier said. The flier said he “only got his law license back because of his illegal dealing.” (Stokes and Tindell say the claims are ridiculous.)
…Padgett said he talked with Rogero on Saturday about the flier. He said he thought they should join together to collect as many of them as possible and “turn them over to authorities to be fingerprinted and investigated as a potential hate crime.”
In her statement, Rogero said she appreciated Padgett’s quick denunciation of the flier and knew he would not want the vote of whoever wrote it.
“The only way to snuff the flame of this type of hate and ignorance is to cut off the oxygen. We have two weeks until Election Day and there is no reason to pause over this filth a moment more,” she said.

Knox DA: Mystery Mailer Doesn’t Violate Campaign Law

An anonymous, multi-colored flier — showing photographs of four candidates in the Sept. 27 city and state Senate primaries and labeled “The next generation of leadership” — is not a violation of any campaign law, Knox County Attorney General Randy Nichols says, so he plans to do “nothing” about it.
“We can’t find out it’s a violation,” he said Thursday.
Nichols was sent a copy of the flier early in the week by Cliff Rodgers, Knox County elections administrator, when it was brought to Rodgers’ attention that it was “an unusual combination there,” he said.
The photographs are of Becky Duncan Massey, one of three Republicans seeking the 6th District Senate seat; Mark Padgett, one of five candidates running for mayor in Knoxville’s nonpartisan races; George Wallace, one of four seeking Knoxville City Council At Large Seat A, and Marshall Stair, one of three seeking the council’s At Large Seat B.
Nichols said the flier does not “expressly urge the election of a candidate or the defeat of a particular measure” so it does not have to have the “paid for by” credit line.

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