Get Ready to RUMMMMMBBLLLE!

I don’t suppose this will come as a surprise to ANYone in East Tennessee, but David Davis is giving every indication of his intent to try to take back the House seat come 2010.  In this article posted on today’s Kingsport Times-News, Davis takes aim at Roe’s voting record, and Team Roe kind of sort of rebuts the assertions.  I say ‘kind of sort of,’ because I don’t really see how Team Roe has responded to the substance of Davis’s volley here:

The third vote attacked by Davis would allow tax dollars to fund overseas abortions. The vote involved a July appropriations bill that included $2.2 billion in military assistance to Israel but also had $648 million going to “international family planning funding.” … The Davis release noted “one of the more troubling increases” in the bill was a 20 percent increase to the United Nations Population Fund, which aids China’s “one-child policy, coercive abortion and sterilization.”

Little [Roe’s spokesperson] responded by stressing that Roe, a retired obstetrician/gynecologist who delivered about 5,000 babies during his career, has a 100 percent voting record from the National Right to Life Committee.

Boy Howdy.  I am starting to wish I had a dollar for every time Roe gave this non-response to a question.  I might just have enough to fund my magical HSA, which will pay for all my family’s healthcare needs, with enough leftover for an energy-efficient unicorn.  Seriously, though…I think there is NO doubt that Davis is going to pull out the big guns to take back the seat.  He can -and will – be able to outspend Roe.  And Roe, by the way, despite his repeated assertions to the contrary, in addition to taking money from democrats, DOES take PAC money.  You can see his campaign contributions here.  I know that many dems and liberals think that Roe is better than Davis – but this is like saying diarrhea is betting than vomiting.  Frankly, I don’t see a substantive difference.  So I ask you – WHY SETTLE FOR THIS?  Why don’t we actually TRY to get a democrat elected in 2010?  Call me naive, but I firmly believe that if we find a good candidate NOW, we can get her/him elected. So Dems – PLEASE do not give your money to the Republicans!  Let’s find a candidate and support them.  

Any thoughts???  

Time for Change!

Time for Change!

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3 Comments

  1. Dr. Monkey said,

    September 18, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I’m pretty sure if Jesus Christ ran as a democrat in this area he coud not get elected to the House of Reps.

  2. southern female lawyer said,

    September 18, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    That is because Jesus is a hippie.

  3. September 18, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I sent this “letter to the editor” to Ted Como and Hank Hayes at the KTN today (who knows if they’ll actually print it?):

    Unwise Choices

    It was very informative to read the exchange between the spokespeople for former Rep. David Davis and Rep. Phil Roe in “Davis criticizes Roe’s ‘poor voting record’” in the Sept. 17th edition of the KPTN. Not surprisingly, the votes Davis’ press release criticized are literally the only votes Roe’s cast with which I have agreed.

    I would like to think that Roe’s “yes” votes — in support of worthy programs like AmeriCorps and chastising bailed-out companies for giving multi-million dollar bonuses to their inept executives — reveal that he is, at least in some cases, able to think independently and make the kinds of wise choices we expect from our elected representatives.

    However, Roe’s spokesperson’s choice of words was less than wise when she stated that “liberals attacked Phil” at his Town Hall meetings, and that the “liberal activists” at these meetings lacked evidence to back up their arguments.

    Has Roe forgotten that these same “liberal activists” are the ones who crossed over in droves to help him beat an incumbent in last year’s Republican Primary? That these liberals donated money to him, put up signs for him, and knocked on doors for him? That these liberals are Tennesseans with families, and values – and votes?

    Roe should be wise enough to realize that he stands little chance of winning over the Christian Conservative base that is devoted to Davis and that he is quickly alienating those in the middle and on the left who gave him his primary victory in 2008. Indeed, if we “liberal activists” have any wisdom at all, we’ll stick to our own side of the ballot in 2010 and leave the Republican primary to the Republicans.


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