Friday, July 23, 2010

Wamp Compares Haslam TV Expenditures to Gulf Oil Spill

Posted By on Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Wamp with county commissioner-elect Terry Roland and other supporters at meet and greet
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  • Wamp with county commissioner-elect Terry Roland and other supporters at meet and greet
Republican gubernatorial candidate Zach Wamp, clearly nettled by GOP rival Bill Haslam’s latest commercial responding to his own charges against Haslam, characterized the ad, which runs for one minute and is entitled “Enough is Enough,” as “brutally negative, almost in a hysterical way…a one-minute Obama-style infomercial.”

Appearing Friday morning at a meet-and-greet affair at the Perkins restaurant on Sycamore View, the Chattanooga congressman contended that Knoxville mayor Haslam, heir to a Pilot Oil fortune, had put two new commercials on the air simultaneously — the “Enough is Enough” ad and a 30-second commercial featuring Haslam and his wife Crissy — and that Haslam now had five commercials running altogether.

[A spokesman for the Haslam campaign responded that this is in error, that "[w]e have a single ad up right now, 'Enough is enough'"]

“What kind of conservative is it that spends like this, throwing all this money against the wall trying to see what’ll stick?” Wamp said. “It’s like the oil spill in the gulf. Pilot Oil money is now free-flowing, and the only thing that can cap it is the people.”

Wamp contrasted Haslam’s largesse with his own ability to conclude the current primary campaign with expenses under $4 million and predicted that Haslam would end up spending $15 million, much of it out of his own pocket.

A recent poll conducted by a Nashville TV station had Haslam leading both Wamp and Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey of Blountville by double digits, but Wamp was dismissive of those poll results, saying that the poll was conducted in advance of last week’s gubernatorial debate at Belmont College, televised statewide. Wamp reckoned his own performance in that debate as good enough to put him in the lead among the GOP candidates.

That debate had been “widely viewed,”Wamp said. “It was Number One in Middle Tennessee among all prime-time shows, and Number Two in East and West Tennessee behind The Bachelor, which my wife says is not any good this time, but people still watch it.”

Wamp noted (a) Democratic presumptive nominee Mike Mcwherter's presence at the Belmont TV debate and (b) McvWherter’s “cautious" way of addressing issues. "He's so afraid of looking like a Democrat that he had to come and crash our party."

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