Tennessee Equality Project rescinds Dickerson endorsement over Senate speaker’s ad

The Tennessee Equality Project has rescinded its endorsement of Republican state Sen. Steve Dickerson of Nashville over an ad being run on his behalf by the Senate Speaker Randy McNally’s political action committee.

The ad targets Dickerson’s Democratic challenger, Heidi Campbell, for saying supportive things about Gideon’s Army, which the spot describes as an extremist group calling for “revolutionary changes to our way of life.” Democrats have pushed back against the ad presenting Gideon’s Army as supporting rioting. They point to the group’s efforts to mentor young people and de-escalate violence in predominantly black North Nashville. The organization was also heavily involved in cleanup efforts after a tornado wrought heavy damage in the neighborhood in March. The Tennessee Equality Project denounced the spot as a “disgusting, racist ad.”

“Although he has an exemplary record on LGBTQ rights in the Legislature, elected officials are called to speak out against racism in politics,” TEP executive director Chris Sanders said in a blog post.

Here’s the ad:

The decision to withdraw the Dickerson endorsement means the group is now backing just one Republican candidate for the General Assembly: Knoxville businessman Eddie Mannis, who is running to succeed retiring state Rep. Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville).

7 Responses to Tennessee Equality Project rescinds Dickerson endorsement over Senate speaker’s ad

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    There goes the Lunatic Left vote! Probably not much damage done, but even in the better neighborhoods of a liberal ghetto like Davidson County, one can never be certain.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    I have heard some about the Gideons. I believe they are extremely right wing zealots. Interesting to rescind an endorsement. I have a feeling the group (Gideons) must be MUCH worse than the average person knows. The Tennessee Equality Project is a hard working group of good people trying to shovel the dirt off of civil rights and gender equality.

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    Misty Pardner says:

    Dickerson is in a tailspin.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    GOOD news coming to my area!! GM to build an all electric vehicle!! Good, quality jobs for union brothers and sisters that are environmentally friendly. It will be so great to have these vehicles with zero emissions that support REAL working families.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Makes one very anxious to get a great combustion engine vehicle that gets about 22 miles per gallon city/25 highway – the kind of car that Americans have a birthright to drive especially now that we lead the world in oil and gas production. Who knows how much longer the control freaks in the envirofascist movement will allow us to drive a great car like that if the Democrats gain complete control of the government.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Republicans are like dinosaurs in their thinking, no wonder they don’t believe in science.
        “Americans have a birthright to drive?” Wow, I am a republican, full speed ahead, get out of my way you envirofascist! Go Stewart, Go!

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