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:
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.