More than 1,500 attend Bredesen fundraiser featuring Isbell, Folds

Jason Isbell headlines a fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen in Nashville on Aug. 20, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

A fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen featuring musicians Jason Isbell and Ben Folds drew a near capacity crowd at the Marathon Music Works in Nashville on Monday evening.

The National Republican Senate Committee blasted the event beforehand, citing comments made by the artists about President Trump and his supporters in the past.

“Phony Phil partners with the unhinged left,” the NRSC said in a release.

“Despite Bredesen’s moderate act, he continues to embrace people who have made it a habit of insulting the Tennessee voters who proudly supported President Trump,” said NRSC spokesman Michael McAdams. “Today’s fundraiser is the latest example that Phil Bredesen is completely out-of-touch with a majority of Tennesseans.”

Isbell mocked the NRSC commentary during his set, noting that while he may have been unhinged in the past, he is now “hinged as hell.”

Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen speaks at a fundraiser in Nashville on Aug. 20, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Campaign workers hand out posters commemorating a fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen that featured singers Jason Isbell and Ben Folds in Nashville on Aug. 20, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Jason Isbell performs at a fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen in Nashville on Aug. 20, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

3 Responses to More than 1,500 attend Bredesen fundraiser featuring Isbell, Folds

  • William Upton says:

    I’ve got no use for Bredesen, Isbell or the other guy either.

  • Hubbard says:

    Shocker: Democrats are supporting the Democratic nominee! Including members of the left wing of the party! And sometimes those people are in the same room as the candidate! And sometimes they criticize the leader of the other party. OMG, what’s next? Left wingers actually voting for a Democrat? (Insert MAJOR eye roll here.)

    Funny: “Moderate act.” Does anyone remember when Phil was Governor? Democrats complained and Republicans smiled all the time. Next to “moderate” in the dictionary is a picture of Bredesen. NRSC can try to change history all they want, but Bredesen’s record is nothing if not a history of fact-based problem-solving coming from the middle of the road. “Phony Phil,” for better or for worse, is pretty much exactly who he claims to be, the least phony politician I have ever met. Sure, disagree with him on policy issues, but call him names and besmirch him due to the nature of some of his supporters? Not fair. (And the exact same thing Republicans complain about Democrats doing to Trump and his supporters. Hypocrite much?)

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Well, not quite. Before following his wife down to Tennessee Bredesen volunteered for left-wing Democrats Eugene McCarthey, Robert Kennedy and John Lindsay. When he arrived in Tennessee he was determined to follow a political career so he had to calm down and temper his liberal inclinations in order to have any hope for success. Of course, his “problem-solving” involved three property tax increases during his one term as mayor of Nashville as well as a sharp increase in Nashlville’s indebtedness. As governor, faced with a conservative majority in the General Assembly, Bredesen necessarily had to be a middle of the road guy in order to get anything done.

      What gets all of his left wing supporters excited is the fact that Phil is running for an office that at the age of 74 will probably result in his serving one six year term out of Tennessee and the restraints of a conservative legislature. Under the guidance of Chuck Schumer and the far left Democratic Senate caucus they are looking forward to the flowering of the old Massachusetts Phil who can be expected to vote liberal at least 70% of the time like all of the other “moderate” Democratic senators. That’s what this election will boil down to when its all said and done after Marsha and her supporters get through with him. Phil will lose because there are simply not enough Tennesseans who want to vote for a senator who will vote to give control of the Senate to Chuck Schumer and friends while voting liberal the vast majority of the time.

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