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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Corker Campaign Imploding, Putting Tennessee Senate Seat Closer in Democratic Hands Than Ever


In the fight for the retiring Bill Frist's Tennessee Senate seat, it's starting to appear as if Harold Ford Jr. may soon be heading to Washington, giving Democrats one more key battleground state in their quest to pick up six seats and regain control. Republican challenger Bob Corker now trails Ford Jr. by three points in the polls after being ahead by seven points. And now, according to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), Corker's replaced his campaign manager and hired a Hollywood flack (after spending much time on the campaign trail bashing Hollywood).

"When a campaign changes its top leadership with 39 days to go until Election Day, it means one thing: Trouble," said DSCC spokesman Phil Singer. "What Corker doesn't realize is that the problem is him, not his campaign staff."

So now they're rolling out the big guns. Frist's Tennessee Senate colleague Lamar Alexander is donating the services of his Chief of Staff, Tom Ingram, who'll take over from Ben Mitchell as Corker's new campaign manager. According to the DSCC, Ingram's a close friend of Alexander and has worked on his campaigns since the mid-1970s.

Corker also just brought on Hollywood media consultant Fred Davis, of Hollywood-based Strategic Perception Inc. Davis's previous clients include Californiaia Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Bush. In his official bio, he highlights an article that dubbed him "Hollywood Fred."

But Corker has spent much time criticizing Ford for his growing Hollywood support, nicknaming his challenger" Fancy Ford."

"The only other person who receives more money from Hollywood than my opponent is the guy who actually represented Hollywood," Coker complained recently to a Chattanooga Times Free Press reporter.

With Tennessee being such a critical state in the battle for Senate control, Republicans have been deeply concerned with the Corker campaign's poor showing. Two weeks ago, Corker and the Tennessee GOP chair Robert Gleason were criticized by the RNC and others key Repubs for running a lackluster campaign. Former RNC member John Ryder noted that "people are concerned" and added that Ford's strong campaign has "caught the Corker people a little off guard."

16 Comments:

  • At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Neal Boortz said…

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  • At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    3:06 What's with the commercial?

    Tennessee is an interesting stated. Ford has a chance to win. The Repub part of the state is the northeast part. Corker is not their first choice. Ford is working hard. It would be a great win.

     
  • At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I ask too: What's with the commercial?

    I don't live in TN but I've seen Ford on Imus in the Morning and other TV appearances. He's very impressive and would be an asset for the entire country.

     
  • At 12:44 AM, Blogger Charlie said…

    Oh, guys don't delude yourselves. I'm a die-hard Dem, but the GOP will rally the good ol' boy network in Middle Tennessee and, outside of Memphis, Ford is not a know commodity. The Ford folks will simply not turn out, and Corker will win a squeaker here.

     
  • At 1:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Forget them both. Vote third party. The Democrats and Republicans both agreed with wire-tapping Americans without a warrant, stealing private lands, caging protestors, banning books like "America Deceived" from Amazon, torturing prisoners and starting 2 illegal wars based on lies. Governor Wallace was right when he said 'there's not a dime's worth of difference' between Dems and Repubs. Both parties are the same, beholden to Israel.
    Final link (before Google Books caves to pressure and drops the title):
    America Deceived (book)

     
  • At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    1:11 Who do your have in mind as the intelligent, wise, honest, experienced, efficient, altruistic, and forceful candidate from a third pary? I assure you if you have such a person many will vote for him/her. The fact is there is no viable third party candidate. Nader was the best yet and he turned out to be an ego maniac who put himself before the welfare of the country.

     
  • At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Andy, you're not keeping up. What do you think about the Foley mess and the newly released terrorist tapes? How do you think they will affect the election?

     
  • At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Anonymous # 4:22 --

    Speaking of the NE part of TN - I have a friend in Erwin, he says the 'good ole boys' goofing off at the general store don't have one single good thing to say about ANY Repub, and the old WWII vets are spitting-disgusted. Said there have been TWO front-page articles in the Johnson City Press, one begn as an op-ed by a former congressman on the Iraq quagmire, another examined all the lies in Corker's commercials vs the truth in Ford's.

    I think we got a chance, keep your fingers crossed.

     
  • At 11:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeah, Ostroy. What about the Woodward book?

    Thanks for the good news 10:56

     
  • At 5:52 PM, Anonymous The Woodward Book said…

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  • At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    THAT FAIR TAX OVERKILL IS A REAL TURNOFF. WHAT A BORING BOOR. I'D GLADLY PAY MORE TAXES IF I DIDN'T HAVE TO ENDURE ALL THE COMMERICALS EVERYWHERE I TUNE IN. WOULd THAT QUACK WOULD GET HIS OWN BLOG. I DON'T READ IT, BUT I RESENT HAVING TO SCAN OVER ALL THAT WRITING. WHAT'S THE PROBLEM - WOULD IT COST HIM MONEY TO GET HIS OWN SPACE?

     
  • At 10:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ....its a BORING BOOR-TZ !!!!

    (tee-hee-hee)

     
  • At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Is there someway to not let that Boorz guy keep putting his commericial on this comment area?

    It doesn't even relate to the topic!

     
  • At 9:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The FairTax is the ONLY way to properly reform the current quaqmire we call the US Tax Code.

    Anyone who doesn't believe the FairTax is the only fair solution doesn't know about the FairTax.

    Read the Fairtax

    Call your representatives and tell them to support The FairTax Act (H.R. 25, S 25)

     
  • At 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Call your senator and tell him to make glutting blogs with boring propaganda a criminal offense punishable by forcing the offender to write the obnoxious material by hand on a blackboard a hundred times as he reads it aloud.

     
  • At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Regarding "America Deceived" It was NEVER available via Amazon or B&N. It was published via "Fast Track" at iUniverse.com (a subsidiary of B&N, btw) IT WAS NEVER BANNED FROM ANYWHERE

    The author choose not to have it released via B&N or Amazon per iUniverse. Political
    motivation or just a cheapskate? You decide. Regardless, it is a lie.

    If you would like, you can call them yourself and ask. The phone number for iUniverse is 1-800-AUTHORS. No, really, call them and ask if it was ever distributed by Amazon or B&N and
    they will tell you it wasn't, as it was a "fast Track" publication.

    It is the speculation of this commenter that the author of the previous comment is actually the author of the book looking for some easy publicity via blogs. A google search on "America Decieved" will bring up hundreds of very similary comments, but all have the link to iUniverse in them and usually the tag line "Final link (before Google Books bends to gov't will and drops the title)".

    Coincidence?

    Disinformation and lies..all in the name of selling a book and spreading fear.

    Whatever happened to intergrity?

     

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