I'm on lots of email lists, including one from the Tennessee Republican Party. Yesterday I got this email from the TNGOP. I think it says all that needs to be said about the state of political discourse these days. The letter is in response to Democratic state senator Andy Berke's announcement that he would not seek re-election. It's so mean-spirited and smarmy, I thought it needed to be shared.
TNGOP Chairman's Statement On Another Democrat's Decision To Retire
NASHVILLE, TN- Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney released the following statement on Democrat State Senator Andy Berke’s decision not to run for re-election. Berke becomes the seventh Democrat legislator who has announced he will not be seeking re-election this year.
“Tennessee Democrats must be real fans of the rock band Queen, because their new theme song seems to have become ‘Another One Bites the Dust,’ said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.
“Senator Berke must have realized that his liberal ideology will be rejected in his new district, but he will be quick to discover that his ideology will be rejected by Chattanooga voters if he decides to run for Mayor,” concluded Devaney.
Recent Democrat retirements include four state senators (Joe Haynes, Roy Herron, Eric Stewart and Andy Berke) and three state representatives (Bill Harmon, Janis Sontany and Harry Tindell).