In a comprehensive group interview (second in our series), the Chattanooga congressman talks turkey on his own vision and on why Bill Haslam (“Bobby” in Dallas) is not equipped to run the state.
Video and titles by Chris Davis
Opening monologue: The Tennessee Technology corridor; Getting Chattanooga renewed; “a vision for the future of our state;” Tennessee’s advantages; working on reading levels; a “very unhealthy” state; a health-fitness-nutrition agenda; “safe communities”
Opening monogue (continued): Establishing drug courts; the problem of illegal immigration; “I have demonstrated the leadership, and they’re all following what I’m doing;” Haslam’s “boatload of money” and “trying to buy the election;” “I’m running “the best television campaign in the country;” Haslam as “the most overstated candidate in the history of Tennessee,” as scofflaw on income tax disclosures, as holder of “the most inflated resume in history,” as comparable to Bobby Ewing in TV’s Dallas; how Ron Ramsey’s going backwards.
The Ten Commandments and the House on C St. in D.C.; “I’m a pluralistic respecter of rights;” local governments making decisions; won’t deny religious convictions; foe of radicalization of religion; unfair attacks on the Akins-Crisp P.R. firm; a “smear;” on the one TARP bill he voted for (out of several); the error of “too big to fail;”Hank Paulson’s conflicts of interest — and Haslam’s (“hundreds” of them)
Signing the Shelby County Commission’s “full-funding” pledge for the Med; the Med and Erlanger; breaking from the GOP leadership on “12 issues;” neither party has exclusive purchase on truth; Tom DeLay’s knock on the door at 5 a.m.; “a loyal conservative;” on “speaking my mind;” dealing with “an attack on my son” and accusations concerning a volatile temper; “cool under fire;” “Yes, I’ve got passion;” a state “Establishment” supporting Haslam and centralizing power
On the Tea Party movement and people’s fear that we’re losing our way of life; on not “pandering” to the Tea Party; more on Memphis and the University of Memphis having its own governing board; on showing the legislature “why Memhis matters;” Memphis as having the greatest economic potential in the state; on naming a Commissioner of Economic Development from Shelby County; on intent to spend more time in Memphis and Shelby County than anywhere else; on grading Governor Bredesen on taking charge of the legislature; on Haslam’s being “run over by the legislature.”
UPDATE: Germantown Board votes 4-0 to approve agreement.