published Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Wamp accuses Haslam of push polling

NASHVILLE -- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Zach Wamp on Friday accused GOP rival Bill Haslam of conducting "unethical, negative push polling" against him.

The message, sent on in a Twitter, later followed up with a Wamp campaign news release demanding the Haslam campaign stop the effort.

The release also asked Mr. Haslam to "personally explain why his campaign has resorted to such calls, to identify the name of the vendor who was hired to make the calls and to fully disclose how much the vendor was paid."

"It's shameful that Bill Haslam, who's already spent millions of dollars on television commercials but has yet to utter a single word himself on camera about his plans for Tennessee, resorts to such lavishly expensive and unethical campaign tactics to attack his opponents," Wamp campaign spokesman Sam Edelen said.

The Haslam campaign rebutted Wamp's claim that it did a push poll.

"We're sorry the congressman is bothered by our voter-ID survey and doesn't know the difference between that and a push poll," said Haslam campaign spokesman David Smith. "Sure he'd like for us to reveal our strategy, but that's not going to happen. It's a data survey only."

According to the American Association of Political Consultants, there are readily identifiable differences between a legitimate poll and a push poll.

In a legitimate poll, the surveyor generally identifies whom he works for and seeks demographic information from the respondent. The process involves up to 1,000 people for a statewide race and can take five to 30 minutes.

A push poll is often a 30- to 60-second mass telemarketing effort in which calls are "aimed at voter persuasion" and "dishonestly presented as surveys of public opinion," the association states.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, also is running in the GOP primary for governor.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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HaslamFan said...

Sniff. Sniff. What a whiner. Grow up, Zach. This is politics and it's hardball. So put on your cup and play or get out of the game.

April 24, 2010 at 1:13 p.m.
johnh said...

Just another example of length's the Don Sundquist crowd, which is the same group running Haslam's campaign, will go do to produce a victory for Big Oil Tycoon Bill Haslam and his family. The Haslam's control Nashville's Pinnacle Financial which has done nothing to help us here in Chattanooga. If you all did not know this, Big Jim Haslam was Don Sundquist Finance Chairman.The Haslam family privately funded the advertising to impose a state income tax on all of us Tennesseans.

As a taxpayer and small business owner I am sick and tired of these folks controlling our republican party. Bob Corker is on the Haslam payroll now and does not take a crap without calling the Haslam's as he was Jimmy roommate in college. Last week he went to Memphis with Bill Haslam on the Pilot jet trying to get Fred Smith to pressure Gibbons not to support Zach. All this Senate finance committee stuff is about protecting the Haslam family bank headquartered in Nashville. Rob McCabe, the Cahirman of Pinnacle is married to Big Jim's Haslam's daughter.

Ted Welch of Nashville and Kim Kaegi, Haslam's Bag chick, has raised over $1 million from out of state for Haslam. Ron Ramsey wants to destroy our beautiful mountaintops like we have here in Chattanooga. They will insure Nashville and Knoxville are the center for all state $$ under Haslam and Chattanooga would get nothing as all the money would flow to Knoxville.

God help us Chattanooga. We need to give Zach all the $$ we can to insure he wins this race. We all know what he has done for us over the years. Chattanooga will be a have a great future with Zach looking out for us in Nashville.

Zach, we are with you and I sent $200, which is all I can tonight on your website. Go Zach!

April 24, 2010 at 11:26 p.m.
england said...

well it seems to me like haslam doesnt like to play hardball. it even shows in he tv ad. he basically says, "please, wamp, go easy on me. lets try to play nice and stop picking on me for only wanting more money..."

May 10, 2010 at 10:52 p.m.
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