Election Reflections

The win by Amy Weirich and Steve Basar Thursday was great for Memphis, but Tim Walton and Rick Rout should have won, too.

While Weirich and Basar kept in touch with Midtown Republicans, Rout and Walton did not put out a lot of effort in our area. Walton came to one meeting as a primary candidate and Rout gave some good speeches a couple of times, but neither seemed to walk the neighbor or network here. Rout had correctly surmised that the key to winning is Midtown, but I never saw much effort by him to attend Midtown functions. He also did not fight back enough on the slams the Commercial Appeal kept dealing him.

It’s a shame because both would have been better than the candidates who won. If Walton had been able to communicate the issue of property tax assessments staying at higher than market prices, Cheyenne Johnson would not kept her job.

Kim Perry did a fantastic job for Amy Weirich. Not a day went by without some email from her, even though her candidate took an early and commanding lead. Kim works like no one else for the Shelby County Republican Party. We are lucky she is on our side.

It was delightful to see Mike Kernell lose his office. The man seems to have made a life’s work out of feeding from the public government trough. It’s hard not to forget his son’s hacking Sarah Palin issue. He should have been booted after that. His latest adventure with his missing pants revealed a rather bizarre person.

Also humorous is the Democrat candidate facing Senator Bob Corker. The Democrats have made this one of the easiest elections a senator could have. Do you know his name? Not even a lot of Democrats did. Evidently he was picked by many of them because his name, Mark Clayton, topped the ballot.

The Daily Caller headlines: “Tennessee Democrat Party Disavows Its Own U.S. Senate Nominee.” Read it and laugh:

The Tennessee Democratic Party disavowed its own U.S. Senate nominee Friday, announcing that he is “associated with a known hate group” — in this case, a conservative advocacy organization.

Mark Clayton won Tuesday’s Democratic primary with 30 percent of the vote in a field of seven candidates.

“The only time that Clayton has voted in a Democratic primary was when he was voting for himself,” said the Tennessee Democratic Party in a statement. “Many Democrats in Tennessee knew nothing about any of the candidates in the race, so they voted for the person at the top of the ticket. Unfortunately, none of the other Democratic candidates were able to run the race needed to gain statewide visibility or support.”

“Mark Clayton is associated with a known hate group in Washington, D.C., and the Tennessee Democratic Party disavows his candidacy, will not do anything to promote or support him in any way, and urges Democrats to write-in a candidate of their choice in November,” the statement concluded.

The “hate group” referred to in the statement is Public Advocate USA, a group that, according to a description on its website, “has become a highly visible political organization and a model for other conservative activist groups in Washington D.C. and across the country.”

Public Advocate USA’s recent efforts include advocacy campaigns against same-sex marriage and in favor of pro-life legislation.

They must mean Thursday’s primary rather than the Tuesday mentioned in the quote, but what an amazing turn of events!

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