University of Memphis asks Blackburn to remove video

The University of Memphis is requesting that Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn take down a video of the school’s cheerleaders chanting “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha” with the candidate Saturday’s football game.

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Posted by Marsha Blackburn on Friday, September 14, 2018

Ryan Poe of the Commercial Appeal’s “The 9:01” column reports that school issued the following statement after the video was posted:

The Athletics Office was notified that pictures of the University of Memphis Spirit Squads were posted on political social media sites. U of M Spirit Squads do not endorse any candidate(s) for political office in accordance with U of M policies. Political organizers were contacted to remove any and all posts suggesting endorsement by the University of Memphis.

Blackburn was in Memphis two days after Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen held a series of events highlighting his Republican opponent’s refusal to hold a debate in there. Supporters took to social media using hashtags like #WheresMarsha and #MemphisMatters to take her to task for her absence.

In addition to the football game, Blackburn also stopped by Jerry’s Sno Cones in Cordova. As Poe notes, Shelby County is home to the largest number of both Democrats and Republicans compared with any of the state’s other 94 counties.

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