Casada PAC attacks from 2018 appear to be templates for hit pieces on Tillis

A political action committee that ran attacks last summer against former Rep. Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) used the same template as hit pieces issued by the PAC of former House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Franklin) two years earlier.

The mailers attacking Tillis were run by a group called the Faith Freedom Family Fund, or FFFF. The ones targeting Jonathan Mason, a Republican candidate running for a Hamilton County House seat in 2018, were sent out by Red Ivory Strategies for Casada’s CAS-PAC. Red Ivory is owned by Michael Lotfi, whom Casada later hired for a no-show job at the General Assembly.

“Lying Rick Tillis will say & do anything to get elected … Don’t let him fool you!” reads an FFFF mailer.

“Lying Jonathan Mason will say & do anything to get elected … Don’t let him fool you!” says a CAS-PAC mailer.

Red Ivory received at least $135,000 from House Republicans in 2020, including $57,750 from the GOP caucus (which isn’t supposed to work against its own members).

The Tennessean has reported that former Casada aide Cade Cothren, who helped run CAS-PAC, also assigned work on behalf of FFFF.

Casada’s preferred candidate in the 2018 primary was Esther Helton of East Ridge, who went on to win the primary and the general election. A mailer from that race carried a Chattanooga postal permit number, 383, that has featured heavily in the Tillis primary.

Permit No. 383 was used in August by Tillis’ opponent Todd Warner, the FFFF PAC, and a campaign vendor called Phoenix Solutions, which has run mailers for a variety of GOP candidates. Rep. Robin Smith (R-Hixson) was a major promoter of Phoenix.

Smith, Casada, and Warner had their homes and offices searched by the FBI earlier this month, which agents also went through Cothren’s apartment.

24 Responses to Casada PAC attacks from 2018 appear to be templates for hit pieces on Tillis

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    Jason Wallflower says:

    Michael Lotfi…

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    No surprise they attack their own members with their own money. Happened before most likely. Michael Lofti is involved in waaaaay too many of these incidents. Not sure why the FBI didn’t raid him or take his phone-which he has probably already conveniently lost on a fishing trip on Old Hickory Lake. This whole bunch are piranhas who feed on money and anyone that doesn’t agree with their power grabbing agenda. Just the no show job and now this visual proof is enough to probably make anyone involved have cold sweats at night waiting for another show to drop. I head Ed Yarbrough is busy already. Better start finding good defense attorneys.

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Wow. Hearing and finding out more about who is behind a good bit of this. I wonder how much was snorted up someone’s nose…..?

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Bwahahaha! A state employee defending another who had a no show job and worked against his own party!!!!! Taxpayers are screwed

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    More crooked republicans doing more crooked things – same old same old. I wonder why Stuart has not commented yet.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Reminder: Stuart has two political goals, (1) to make the Republican Party as conservative as possible, and (2) to deprive liberals and other leftists of elective office. Stuart would like the law enforcement authorities to prosecute violators of the laws and upon a guilty verdict being rendered penalties to be prescribed commensurate with the seriousness of the crime and the record of the perpetrator. Frankly I find articles like this of very little interest.

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        Jonathan Swift says:

        Yet you are interested enough to make a post about Jim Acosta of CNN talking through his mask.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          I don’t want to frighten you Jonathan but you apparently think that details of political machinations that are supposed to show something or other and Jim Accosta making a fool of himself by engaging in political theatre to show adherence to liberal orthodoxy are analogous situations. They’re really not. I’m sure you made up for the fact that you didn’t do too well in analogy identification part of the SAT/ACT exam by making up for it in reading comprehension or some other part of the exam so no problem.

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          MARLE says:

          This, Acosta phobea from the guy who doesn’t like “micro-analyzing”. Can’t point out the many lies of Trump~ that would be micro analyzing.

          But assigning to all manner of evaluation to mask wearing as being “a fool” …”engaging in political theatre” …”adherence to liberal orthodoxy” …………………I suppose that’s just notation.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            You got that right, that’s exactly what it is. I am simply noting that the idiot is standing outside yards away from the nearest person having millions of people watching him for his on the scene report and he is speaking through a stinkin’ mask as it so picturesquely enters his mouth as he is speaking so it interferes with his speech. That MARLE is political theatre of a most comedic kind.

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    Erik Schelzig says:

    Folks, a periodic reminder here that while we have a fairly open comment section, we don’t tolerate impersonating others. Commenting under your own chosen moniker doesn’t seem like too tough of a standard.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Stuart says he wants “to deprive liberals and other leftists of elective office” but won’t complete the sentence… Just who does he stand with? Just where are his beloved angel conservatives when the FBI comes around? This is just like how Trump got away with whipping his weak and dwindling supporters until he became such a pariah in GOP circles that they had to break with him lest they be identified, arrested or both. I heard trump want’s to start a new MAGA party- “My A** Got Arrested.” These same conservatives that consistently are charged with crimes or dirty tricks are always barely skirting ethical troubles! Yes, some elected ones may have high scores of some sorts but they also seem to have a background that is well know to the FBI and investigative reporters. And Stuart “finds this of little interest” because he just knows in his heart that his angel conservative reps could not really be guilty. Not guilty like trump until the last minute when the ship was sinking quickly. And the crowd said to the police…”No comment, I never liked him anyway, time to move on,” just like Stuart said. Elected officials that are voted in under the guise of “the lesser of two evils” does not exactly make a good prescription for building a reliable and honest team. The GOP believes that is OK and keeps trying to bumble along with a weak assortment of apparently dumb crooks that keep getting caught. Maybe that just happens so often in TN because, as Stuart is always bragging about, we liberals are definitely in the minority here. But, the times they are a changing and people of all colors and beliefs are getting a glimpse of something much more inclusive on the horizon. People I talk to these days seem relaxed and breathing easier, even in Tennessee…something’s up!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Some participants on this forum contribute by constantly complaining about something but never really letting us in on whom or what they are for. As a pleasant contrast to that I always make it very clear during the election campaign who I am for and why as I try to convince others to follow my lead. We in Tennessee have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to people on the right who want to hold political office. The only question for conservatives like me is whether they are conservative enough. Taxpayer, if you want to delude yourself that everyone on the right was at one time or another a Trump enthusiast because that makes it easy for you to criticize them as you criticize Trump that’s OK. If you further want to delude yourself that every conservative is guilty of some crime or another all of whom will soon be charged with something that’s OK too. It isn’t true, of course, but “if it makes you happy, why the hell are you so sad.”

      It’s so cute the way the more excitable Tennesseans on the left get themselves all excited way before election time as to how things are changing and the Republican super-majority in the General Assembly and, with the exception of our liberal ghettos, dominance throughout the state is coming to an end. After the primaries, however, it becomes clear that the Democrats will once again do well to maintain their small minority. I thought Beatrice Shaw was the only one on this forum to indulge in such fantasies, but it you want to join her I think that’s nice. Indeed, maybe the two of you can get together soon and decide on a nice quiet place to go after the general election in November 2022 to drown your sorrows with a few stiff drinks. It sure beats drinking alone.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        People are just fed up with all the dirty tricks that the republicans get away with. We have talked before about the (R) over-use and abuse of Gerrymandering as one example of twisting a useful (and legal) tool into something that is not legal and favors the GOP. While the new US Senate is split evenly with 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans representatives, the 50 Democrats represent over 41.5 Million more people than the 50 Republicans represent. Those are the sad facts and that is the crooked result of Gerrymandering when it is done for nefarious purposes. This is just one example of the results of the so called “dirty tricks” that the GOP consistently uses and then gets caught, sued and brought to court almost every election cycle. Then they shift the same tactics to the next state. This is the type of crap that the American public is fed up with and is pushing for change. That is why I harp on your apparent lack of concern and outright disregard for integrity and ethics in politics. I mention trump because he represents the uneasy calm with which conservatives “will put up with” a crook for so long before changing course abruptly when they are finally publicly disgraced for their illegal actions. When their crimes are obvious to the entire country, THEN you abandon your lovable high scoring “Conservatives.”

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Oh Taxpayer if you only knew more history and more about how our government operated you wouldn’t be a leftist. But don’t worry, you will learn more about both on this forum so I expect your conversion any day. Taxpayer, “gerrymandering” involves the drawing of districts in a politically advantageous way by concentrating ones opponent’s voters in as few districts as possible. Senators represent STATES not DISTRICTS under our constitution, so gerrymandering is N/A.

          In addition:

          1. The vast majority of Republicans who liked Trump still like Trump as far as I know. I just don’t happen to be a Republican who ever supported Trump, I just voted for him in the general election because the Democrats bat-sht-crazy so as a conservative I have no choice to do other than vote for the Republican in almost all cases.

          2. I almost never abandon a politician with a high Heritage/ACU score unless he pleads guilty to, or is convicted of, a crime. Crimes are serious matters to be determined in a court of law not by public opinion or gotcha stories in the liberal media.

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            Stuart, the law says nothing about doing things in a “politically advantageous way,” That is your misinterpretation and this is why you can’t recognize the proper way to do things “by the rules.” Shave a little off the truth this time and a little more next time until you are just freely lying at will. There might still be hope for you but your arrogance is so profound, it makes me doubtful that you will change. If you have to vote for crooks in the republican party because “you had no choice,” you really should do a little thinking and perhaps question your choices. Do you really believe that the immensely lopsided weight of our electoral representation is currently even close to fair? The entire idea of the Electoral College is so out of date now, it is way past time to do away with it and agree to a popular vote. This unfair advantage must stop and the elections should be fair to all areas of the country and to the population in general. One person, one vote… remember!

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    I see andy holt panicked and pulled his post down

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      Erik Schelzig says:

      Not to beat a dead horse here, but the post wasn’t by Holt. We’ve had this problem before with people seeking to besmirch others by posting under their names. If it doesn’t stop, we will be forced to take a heavier hand in policing comments.

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    Mike says:

    I always appreciated how CHBmole aka Rick Tillis abused the trust of his colleagues behind the cloak of a fake twitter account. He gets a dose of karma and he whines a like 5 year old.

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    James White says:

    It is all over the Memphis TV News that Speaker Sexton has given the Only Rep that voted against him as speaker (Gloria Johnson) a small window-less office.
    Petty Sexton.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    This type behavior is just NOT how our politicians should act and the public should not put up with it. Only when all the other fearful and gutless reps remain silent does this type of action continue. When they let these trivial bad manners and slightly unethical actions continue to fester the entire operation starts to unravel. An ethical representative playing by the rules, would call out such rude and unethical behavior and ask for it to stop! A chorus of voices demanding action would thrill the public and be a good start to standing up and overruling shady politicians in Nashville. Let them know the public sees what they are doing and finds these actions unacceptable and demands better from anyone that works for the government. If you can’t be civil, you should step off the bus. R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

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