I would just like to point out that in my opinion the two best candidates in this race were from Bradley County. Unfortunately, one almost has to be from Hamilton County to win this seat and most assuredly must have lots of money.
The best candidate did not win this race. In fact the best candidates barely even got noticed by the Hamilton County party establishment, money people, and mass media. Sadly, we are seeing where that has gotten us and will continue to see such for the next two years. Sometimes, Hamilton County would do good to look elsewhere for the answers. Both Smith and Chuck have been disappointing.
Art Rhodes already ran for Congress once and lost in Mississippi. Now he is trying his luck here. The one candidate in this race that is staying above the bickering and is native to the area is Tim Gobble. He is not just a southern Statesman but an East TN Statesman.
I am having a hard time figuring a way for Robin to have garnered 22% more votes than her nearest competitor(Chuck) in a race with so many candidates running. The only way it could conceivably work would be for her to garner 40% of the total vote which would mean Chuck would have gotten 18%(22% less than Robin). That would leave 42% for the remaining 6 or 8 candidates including Gobble, Rhodes, Crangle, and Irion who seem to have solid support. I just have a hard time seeing how one candidate will pull as much as 40% of the vote in a race with so many candidates. Let's assume Robin got 35% which would mean 13% for Chuck. That leaves 52% for the others and none receiving more than 12%. Again, might be plausible but highly doubtful. It gets even murkier assuming Robin won 30%. Unless, of course, there is some truth to the "push poll" accusation and the question being posed in such a way that only two candidates were considered.
I suppose you are equally disgusted with Congressman Zach Wamp for drawing a paycheck from the citizens of the third district while campaigning all across the state of TN. Or perhaps you are disgusted with Mayor Haslam for drawing a paycheck from the citizens of Knoxville while doing the same. Or maybe it was Sarah Palin...the list goes on. Since you are listed on Robin's website as endorsing her campaign, that is easy to say as she is currently not employed and able to campaign full time. Are we to leave campaigns to only the unemployed? To only those that have spouses that make nearly $200,000? Sheriff Gobble has been one of the hardest working sheriff's Bradley county has seen and the needs he sought in the lawsuit being mentioned speak for themselves. Perhaps the Smith campaign is beginning to see Gobble as having a real shot at this thus the need for the attack.
If she will continually lie about being "anti-establishment", what else will she lie about once she is elected to office? Bringing in a member of Congress all the way from California and charging people $500 a head to attend is the very definition of the "establishment".
The irony of it all is that they were trying to raise more money by requiring the candidates to pay to speak and now will probably make less money than they would have otherwise because the various supporters of the candidates who will not be attending and/or speaking will not see the need to attend(i.e. less ticket sales).
libertylady-Here is a direct quote from Gobble's presser:
"All qualified Republican candidates should be allowed to speak, and Party officials should let us have a voice so the people can decide who best represents their interest."
How is that asking them to break their policy for ONLY ONE candidate? I believe he said ALL.
Tim Gobble has also made a stand on this issue.
"[Hamilton County Republican Party Vice Chairman Harold Coker]said he was disappointed that some of the candidates will not be attending.
"We would have expected all of them to be able to speak and support the party," he said. "I'm surprised that they're not. I'm disappointed that they're not.""
Perhaps it should be noted that Mr. Coker and his wife have donated $2,700 to Robin Smith's campaign according to the FEC website which will more than cover the required amount to allow her to speak. Maybe he would also be willing to donate the required $2,000 to all of the other candidates to allow them the same opportunity. Just a thought.