Monday, July 10, 2006


Weekend Warriors

Saturday was one heck of a day.

511 miles.

23 counties.*

2 Grand Divisions of the State of Tennessee.

Only 3 Van Hilleary signs.

The VOLConWife and I had a great time campaigning for our next U.S. Senator, Ed Bryant, on Saturday. We were able to meet up with Ben Cunningham (leader of Tennessee Tax Revolt), Brian Harris (President of Tennessee Right to Life), and dozens of other political leaders in our state.

The grassroots has been stimulated as we race towards Early Voting. Topics that seemed high on people's minds as we traveled from county to county were Ed's "Statesmen" TV ad, Ed's plans regarding illegal immigration, rumors out of D.C. that Hilleary would exit the race by the start of Early Voting, Bob Corker's lavish buying of key media sources and activists throughout the state, and Bob Corker's immature and unstatesmenlike reaction to being called a "chicken" for ducking out of the debates.

If you ever get the chance to make a campaign swing like this, I highly recommend it. You will instantly harness an appreciation for what a statewide candidate has to do every day of the campaign season.

By the way, does anyone know the relevance of the car pictured above?

*The 23 counties were: Knox, Anderson, Roane, Morgan, Cumberland, Putnam, White, DeKalb, Wilson, Rutherford, Williamson, Cannon, Warren, Grundy, Sequatchie, Bledsoe, Hamilton, Rhea, Meigs, McMinn, Monroe, Loudon, and Blount.

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