published Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Greg Vital is the better option

When Tennessee’s 10th state Senatorial District was gerrymandered in a way that made it all but impossible for a Democrat to win the seat, incumbent Democratic State Sen. Andy Berke wisely bailed out of the race in favor of a bid for Chattanooga mayor.

Berke’s decision left an open seat in a newly Republican district, drawing a who’s who of potential candidates interested in the post.

When the dust settled, two candidates threw their hats into the ring — financial consultant and Republican activist Todd Gardenhire and Greg Vital, the founder and president of Morning Point Assisted Living, a collection of senior care facilities.

Now, just days before the election, we’re so disgusted with both of them, we’d love to have a do-over.

This campaign is filled with more fabrications, innuendo, name-calling and mudslinging than most Bravo reality shows.

First, Vital — accidentally, he claims — misrepresented himself as a college graduate when, in fact, he dropped out of Southern Adventist University a fistful of credit hours short of graduating.

Then, a mailer was sent to 10th District voters featuring a copy of a 1997 protective order against Gardenhire written by his then-wife. (She soon requested the petition be withdrawn.) When Vital claimed to have no knowledge of, or involvement with, the mail piece — a claim that remains unsettled — Gardenhire called Vital “Pinocchio” and accused him of spreading misleading information.

Since neither man has acted like a principled candidate in recent days, this page sought to determine which candidate would be a more principled voice for conservative and free market policies in Nashville.

After speaking with both men, the answer to that question is clear: Greg Vital.

Todd Gardenhire has received endorsements from some very weighty conservative organizations including Tennessee Right to Life and the Tennessee Conservative Union. He has been active in Republican politics for 42 years and was involved in the Reagan administration. Still, despite all of those conservative credentials, it’s hard to find any evidence that he has any concern for the Republican values of limited government and individual responsibility.

For example, Gardenhire claims the role of the government is to “protect citizens.” When protecting citizens is the government’s chief concern, however, there is no limit to how large government can grow.

In fact, that is the most fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives. Liberals believe the proper role of government is to protect people from themselves. Conservatives believe the proper role of government is to protect people, and their liberties, from government.

Gardenhire further affirmed his progressive economic viewpoint by implying that changes to public pensions that allowed government employees to have a more hands-on role in managing their money was dangerous because teachers aren’t capable of managing their own money. Driving the point home, he claimed “if you give them the chance, people will take out their retirement to buy a bass boat.”

This distrust in the ability of individuals to make good, thoughtful decisions about what is best for themselves and their families is exactly why liberals claim more government is needed. It is certainly not something you would expect to hear from a GOP stalwart.

Additionally, Gardenhire also expressed a desire for more state spending on schools and more corporate welfare programs.

While Vital’s win-at-all-cost mentality has disgusted some voters, he is committed to reducing burdensome regulations on small businesses, expanding school choice options and fighting for more competition — not more government — in state healthcare policies.

This page endorses Greg Vital for the 10th District state senate seat. We believe that when it comes time to vote in Nashville, Vital will be a voice for fiscal restraint and less onerous government.

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aae1049 said...

"While Vital’s win-at-all-cost mentality has disgusted some voters," is a little understated. Vital's campaign team are Saltsman Want-A-Be(s) minus IQ. They resort to thuggery in my opinion.

On overall candidate perspective, maybe you are correct.

July 25, 2012 at 7:08 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Leslie not so smart, hiding behind a user name calling names.

You are the ill informed one. The determined to win issues you raise, is your own personal beef with this editor, not me.

Secondly, what the heck does Starnes have to do with a Vital endorsement? Not one thing. The campaigns are not connected in any regard. So, I fail to see the connection between a judicial race, and Senate 10.

Finally, I am a volunteer for Starnes not a manager, so "you think you know more than you actually do" (try working on word order). Supporting one candidate does not mean I auto support your guy, In fact, what would make you think that supporting one candidate obligates anyone to support Vital. That is childish on your part.

Temper Temper, name calling, and why are you trolling my posts? I think you like me, wink wink.

July 25, 2012 at 9:01 a.m.
LarryRose said...

If you don't care about legalities, Mr. Vital would make a fine candidate:

Chattanooga billionaire Greg Vital made a fortune off selling real estate without a license.


“It is unlawful for any person, directly or indirectly, to engage in or conduct, to advertise or claim to be engaging in or conducting the business, or acting in the capacity of a real estate broker, affiliate broker, time-share salesperson or acquisition agent, as defined in § 62-13-102, within this state, without first obtaining a license as broker, affiliate broker” T.C.A., § 62-13-301


Greg Vital sells to the “memory care” community.

His approach is simple: he tells them what they want to hear, and then they forget the sales pitch by the time they’re stuck with the house.

For example, Mr. Vital tells people that his Greenbriar Cove lots contain “absolutely” no water — the ground is parched. (see at right)


The victims of his illegal sales pitch like the sound of this. And Greg Vital is such a cool-looking man, with his poncho and western hat.

So many elderly people believed this line, and by the time they figured out how wet the ground is (, they couldn’t remember exactly what the unlicensed salesman had to say in the first place.

And that’s why this man caters to the 55+ crowd. Probably at some point in their careers, they heard that real estate salesmen had to have licenses.

But now they’ve forgotten.

Or say they remember that a license is legally required. By the time Mr. Vital is done with his sales pitch, they’ve forgotten to ask to see the license, which this unlicensed salesman just doesn’t have.


T.C.A., § 62-13-110. Penalties. — (a) (1) Any person acting as a broker, affiliate broker, time-share salesperson or acquisition agent without first obtaining a license commits a Class B misdemeanor.

Mr. Vital’s business philosophy is simple: “Get in”. “Get out”. “Get even”.

With his “master-planned community” at Greenbriar Cove, he’s been in for 8 long years.

He’d really like to get out of that job, but still owes a bundle to Regions Bank.


Word about the scandal at Greenbriar Cove has gotten around town, so now Mr. Vital’s great (and last) hope is the “out of town” traffic.

Hence, his special new marketing website.

September 13, 2012 at 1:36 p.m.
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