GOP holds carefully choreographed ‘unity’ press conference

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Lee speaks at a unity press conference in Nashville on Aug. 4, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Republican candidates gathered in Nashville on Saturday to profess unity among their ranks following a divisive primary season. The media event preceding a closed-door lunch hosted by Senate nominee Marsha Blackburn featured no speeches from the defeated gubernatorial candidates. No questions were taken and none of the losing congressional candidates were in attendance.

Putting a lid on the unsuccessful candidates avoided a repeat of the 2010 event in which losing gubernatorial candidate Zach Wamp took some not-so-subtle swipes at the nominee, Bill Haslam. But keeping the defeated candidates from speaking their minds didn’t exactly project organic unity building within the ranks.

9 Responses to GOP holds carefully choreographed ‘unity’ press conference

  • Phil Lassiter says:


  • Donna Locke says:

    I don’t feel unified, and I’m fed up with lies and compromise. I’m talking with people about another way.

    • MarLE says:

      I feel the same way about the lies and compromise. I really believe if Diane had said she was leaving Washington b/c of both of those things and fessed up to her participation in both she would have won hands down.

      • Donna Locke says:

        Lies and compromise — has a country songwriter tried that out yet?

        Diane’s campaign could have used some free advice; you don’t have to pay for it all, especially when the paid tactics are sinking you.

        Meanwhile, the two major political parties continue to serve the interests of a self-centered business elite and a self-centered mob while the mess piles up on the middle class and drives us further toward a now-unavoidable future.

        • Donna Locke says:

          Glad to see Trump attacking the Koch brothers, by the way.

        • MarLE says:

          I presume you are counting the cheap labor of illegal, or even the cheap labor of the language-compromised legal immigrants among the “service” rendered to self-centered business. But that skewed, unbalanced Tax Plan sold to us as Reagan styled tax reform was one of the centerpieces of Republican legislation that served the very same group.

  • Misty Pardner says:

    Republicans, prepare for a sea change in the General Assembly. Not yet but in the next ten years.

  • Sandra Williams says:

    I am praying for our Country, State and all our leafers. Hopefully the newly elected will go and do tjeir jobs for the people, not political power. Im also praying that “DEMOCRAT”PHIL B. GETS NO WHERE CLOSE TO A WIN !!!!!!HE’S DEMOCRATIC THROUGH AND THROUGH “WOLFE IN SHEEP CLOTHING” HE WOULD ONLY FILL THE SWAMP ROTTING BUNCH,

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