TRP Weekly Report

28 Aug


Tennessee Republican Party

GOP Update

Robin Smith Chairman

Robin Smith
TNGOP Chairman

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Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37212
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I am writing you from Minnesota at the Republican National Committee Meeting and Convention. The Democrats continue their convention in Denver with every attempt to unify their extremely fractured party.

The political climate is one of the most unique in history, proving something that I have been saying for the last few years: Voters are becoming less loyal to a party, but more loyal to a cause and/or the principles on which they base their life.

We are witnessing one candidate make dramatic shifts and changes in his policy stances to pander to voters, while the other candidate has a very principled stance on issues and makes compromises only when the interests of America are served. The first mentioned, Barack Obama, has become a master of political gymnastics; in contrast to John McCain, who has remained true to his conservative voting record on life, fiscal restraint and has compromised on the issue of offshore drilling.

The same maneuvering is seen on the state level with Tennessee Democrats campaigning as if they were Republicans. A common phrase and thought appearing on Democrat mail: "Pro-life, pro-family and pro-gun." The only problem with those statements is this:

Legislation that is pro-life fails in Tennessee because of Democrats.

Legislation that supports family values in Tennessee fails because of Democrats.

Legislation that supports gun rights in Tennessee fails because of Democrats.

No, it’s not your imagination. There’s not only a pattern, but a distinct record of saying one thing while campaigning in the district back home and voting as a block of extreme Democrats.

I know that voters of all partisan backgrounds have had enough. I hear it when I travel. I see it in the desperate tactics of Tennessee Democrats to maintain their power structure.

When we speak about what we believe and why we support an issue based on our values, the Republican Party lives up to its name. Former Senator, RNC Chairman and one of my personal political heroes, Bill Brock stated recently, "There’s no need to change the Republican Party’s name, just live up to it."


Convention Watching Parties for McCain

As the headlines focus on the Denver Coronation of Barack Obama, John McCain is on the eve of announcing his Vice Presidential hopeful and gearing up for the Republican Convention.

You have time to sign up (today!) to participate or host a convention watching party for McCain.

Tonight, the world will get to watch the performance of Barack Obama from a "Greek temple" facade. Tennessee’s superdelegates for Obama, including Governor Phil Bredesen, will have their moment to touch the edge of their nominee’s celebrity spotlight.

"Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple. The stage, similar to structures used for rock concerts, has been set up at the 50-yard-line, the midpoint of Invesco Field, the stadium where the Denver Broncos’ National Football League team plays. Some 80,000 supporters will see Obama appear from between plywood columns painted off-white, reminiscent of Washington’s Capitol building or even the White House, to accept the party’s nomination for president. He will stride out to a raised platform to a podium that can be raised from beneath the floor."– Reuters, Aug. 26, 2008


The scandal involving the illegal access to and search of records of at least 182 citizens by Tennessee Highway Patrolman, Lt. Ronnie Shirley is finally becoming news to more than just Nashville – rather stunning to a lot of us since interviews have been given since August 19th to media outlets across the state. According to some press accounts, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) is involved in a very distant manner, while the Tennessee Highway Patrol continues investigating itself. In the meantime, good, hard-working THP officers are smeared along with the one who ran the illegal background checks. It is likely that his actions were for the benefit of others. Too bad it appears he’s going to be the sole scapegoat.

It is simply incredible that a criminal, possibly a felonious, act is being treated as an internal investigation. We’ve heard Gov. Phil Bredesen and Commissioner Dave Mitchell of the Department of Safety both dismissively state that this was a case of someone being "nosy." For all the caterwauling we have heard for years from Tennessee Democrats echoing the DNC talking points that Republicans’ support of the Patriot Act was an infringement on civil rights of Americans, we can all smell the stench of hypocrisy. The railing against the use of phone surveillance to monitor KNOWN terrorists is a complete joke and exposes the continued contradictions of Democrat politicians who stand for what’s convenient, not what’s right.

Tennessee government needs leadership driven by integrity and applying common sense. You have the opportunity to vote for those who stand on principle. Sadly, we are watching a Democrat Governor apparently provide cover for criminal acts.


U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, had a busy Sunday on the news shows. She continued to minimize the importance of domestic drilling for oil to reduce our dependency on foreign oil and to create American jobs. Pelosi, one of the titular heads of the Democrat Party, was blasted by Cardinals and Archbishops on her mischaracterization of teachings on abortion. Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik proclaimed that Nancy Pelosi "stepped out of her political role and completely misrepresented the teaching of the Catholic Church in regard to abortion."

Pelosi’s remarks line up with the Democrats and Barack Obama on abortion: While claiming their desire to reduce abortions, their voting records eclipse their rhetoric by providing funding for abortion on demand.

Indeed, there is a pattern…say one thing, do another.

Visit the TNGOP Calendar for event details

13th Annual Zach Wamp Labor Day Picnic
August 30th – McDonald, Tennessee

Music Row 4 McCain Rally
September 8th – Nashville, Tennessee

Montgomery County GOP BBQ
September 20th – Montgomery County, Tennessee

Franklin County Reagan Reception
September 26th – Winchester, Tennessee

Gibson County Reagan Dinner
October 2nd – Trenton, Tennessee

Bradley County Reagan Day Dinner
October 17th – Cleveland, Tennessee

To add your event to the calendar, email


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