Demonic Ninja Llama

He can't keep quiet anymore

Tennessee Gubernatorial Candidate disses Tea Party?

Bill Haslam, who is running for the Republican nomination for Governor of the State of Tennessee denied permission to the TEA party to use the assembly room of the Knoxville/Knox County City/County building to show a film about the anniversary of the movement.

The supposed conservative Republican called the group too “one sided”.

I’m inclined to agree with my source on this, who says this was a dopey move, that may cost Haslam the election.  How can he be so out of touch as to insult the most enthusiastic conservative movement around?  And with candidates on the Democratic side dropping like flies, it’s pretty clear that whoever wins the Republican primary will be the next governor.

h/t to my gypsy friend in Knoxville, who alerted me to this.

Update:  Holy Crap!!  An Instalanche!!  Thanks, Glenn!

Special Update: The question has been raised as to the veracity of this story.  Obviously, I am relying on the Knoxville Tea Party email as linked above.  What is the Internet for, if not to spread rumors?  🙂  But I have contacted the Haslam campaign and the Knoxville Tea Party to give them a chance to respond.

Egg on my face update:  from the comments:

I posted a question about this on Mayor Haslam’s Facebook page; here’s the response I received:

Bill Haslam
Unfortunately there was a misunderstanding regarding the Tea Party’s request to use the City/County Building. The Public Building Authority manages the building, sets all policies for its usage, and makes decisions regarding group requests. I fully support the goals of the Tea Party and believe these groups are making a difference across the country. In fact, I spoke with an East Tennessee Tea Party group this past weekend in Morristown.

***
I’ll take his word on this because it is indeed the PBA that sets building policy and permits groups to meet there, not the mayor.

It’s looking more and more like this story needs more clarification.  It makes sense that the Mayor would not get directly involved in a scheduling issue like this, and I’ve asked the Knoxville Tea Party to explain where the “quote” from Mayor Haslam above came from.  It is possible that someone in the Knoxville Tea Party took some creative license, perhaps out of a personal antipathy towards Mr. Haslam.  I hope this is not the case, but if so, it is another reminder that the Tea Parties are still amateur organizations, and are still learning.  This has been a learning experience for me as a blogger as well.

Follow up post here and here

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March 1, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

21 Comments »

  1. […] GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE BILL HASLAM disses the Tea Party? That seems […]

    Pingback by Instapundit » Blog Archive » TENNESSEE GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE BILL HASLAM disses the Tea Party? That seems ill-advised…. | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  2. what other Republicans are running? Are any of them positioned to take advantage of this?

    Comment by gullyborg | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  3. Somebody put the poor SOB out of his misery before he does something irrevocably stupid. Someone like that belongs in a nursing home, not politics.

    Comment by Jack Billings | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  4. No outisde group should be allowed to use the assembly room for political purposes… PERIOD! Regardless if they’re conservative or liberal. Get a grip people.

    Comment by truth | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  5. That’s fine if there is a rule that no assembly room be used for political purposes, period. But to state that a group can’t use it because they are too one sided is different. Show me a political group that ISN’T one sided!

    Comment by Silent Ninja Llama | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  6. How can he be so out of touch as to insult the most enthusiastic conservative movement around?

    The guy who joined Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” and stayed in it for years, despite the political fallout there? (There was a long edit war on his entry in Wikipedia with staffers [attempting to] delete/ing mention of his membership.) (Only dropping his membership when his statewide run started – and suddenly, he was shocked, shocked to find what they stood for.)

    Seems about par for the course for anybody who’s paid even cursory attention to Haslam.

    Comment by Unix-Jedi | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  7. Congratulations on the instalanche!

    Comment by The Sanity Inspector | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  8. No one said politicians had to be really smart…but then even the really “smart” ones (Mr. Obama) can be dumber than shit from time to time

    Comment by Rich Vail | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  9. Let’s toss this moron out in the primary and elect a non-big government conservative who will actually represent us taxpayers to replace this idiot. I’d also put out the call to cease all donations to this losers campaign.

    Comment by Forrest | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  10. Mr. Haslam does not seem bright enough to be governor. Nor is he considerate of Tennessee voters who are speaking out about Government Excess. My suggestion is for the Tea Parties of Tennessee to get behind a bright Conservative Candidate and help him gain the Republican nomination.

    If this ASSHAT was part of Mayor Bloomberg’s screwy group he shouldn’t be elected dog catcher in Tennessee.

    Comment by crypticguise | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  11. I live in Knoxville. I’ve supported Haslem in the past, but NO longer. If he is this stupid he needs to go back to his oil company. If he was quoted out of context, then he needs to clear the air. He is lost my support and my vote. Long live the USA Tea Party

    Comment by Rose | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  12. “No outisde group should be allowed to use the assembly room for political purposes… PERIOD! Regardless if they’re conservative or liberal. Get a grip people.”

    Yeah, I agree, someone should tell that to the Knoxville County Democrats who screened An Inconvenient Truth there for the school kids.

    Comment by Jack Bling | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  13. A 5-watt bulb in a 500-watt world. Extra points if you know the movie trailer reference.

    Comment by Maddog | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  14. Looks to me that this is a taxpayer-funded building, therefore taxpayers –of any stripe, have a right to utilize the facilities as long as they are in compliance with local laws.

    With this move and his alliance with Bloomberg, Haslam is proving he’s a dumbutt, big-gov clown, neither fit nor competent to be governor. He needs to be ditched.

    Comment by skatzbert | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  15. I wish Washington Wamp would quit bloggin and get to Chattanooga and finish that Chickamauga Lock project, or work on the C-Street housing problem. I googled C street… my my a tell all book is in Wamp’s future.

    I doubt the Mayor of Knoxville is scheduling events at the City/County owned building. As a City employee, I can tell you that our Mayor would have booked that event in a minute. You fellors better fact check, Mr. Fical Conservative himself never would have said that.

    Comment by Allison | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  16. This anti tea party thing is so stupid. The City-COUNTY building’s useage is governed by the PBA….not the Mayor of Knoxville. Haslam spoke to a Tea Party group this past week. This stuff is just foolishness spread by folks that seem to be as lost as last year’s Easter eggs.

    Comment by Wabbit Season | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  17. Haslam’s comments on the Tea Party are nothing more than confirmation of hoity-toity ways. The fact that Haslam’s ads mention that he picked up trash and stocked drinks is pretty strong indication that someone realizes that he otherwise (as in the case here) tends to project an image of exactly what he is – a spoiled yuppie brat.

    Comment by hopalong | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  18. We better vet this story & be darn sure it’s right – it does seem very strange that a mayor running for governor would have the time to schedule the city-county building…

    Comment by Whitehorse | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  19. I found out today that actually the Public Building Authority manages the building in question, not the Mayor’s office. The PBA sets the policies on who can use the facility. So they turned down the request. Mayor Haslam actually spoke to a Tea Party group in Morristown recently. Riddle me this, how can folks in the Tea Party support Zach Wamp (who voted for TARP) when Haslam is the true fiscal conservative with credentials in the race. Who do you want to balance the $1.2 billion deficit in our State budget in 2011, a legislator or an executive?

    Comment by CommonSense2010 | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  20. I posted a question about this on Mayor Haslam’s Facebook page; here’s the response I received:

    Bill Haslam
    Unfortunately there was a misunderstanding regarding the Tea Party’s request to use the City/County Building. The Public Building Authority manages the building, sets all policies for its usage, and makes decisions regarding group requests. I fully support the goals of the Tea Party and believe these groups are making a difference across the country. In fact, I spoke with an East Tennessee Tea Party group this past weekend in Morristown.

    ***
    I’ll take his word on this because it is indeed the PBA that sets building policy and permits groups to meet there, not the mayor.

    –Phil

    Comment by Phil | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  21. Don’t generalize too much… we’re all individuals out here. We’re not an ant hill or a bee hive like the lefties.

    Comment by Pictoblu | March 1, 2010 | Reply


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