NASHVILLE, Tenn.-November 1, 2016—Throughout Tennessee, Derek Dooley is synonymous with failure during to his time as a head coach. In Knoxville, the same is true about former liberal legislator, Gloria Johnson.
With seven days to go until the polls close, the Tennessee Republican Party released a new digital ad targeted at remaining likely voters in State House District 13 playing on the natural link between the two ineffective figures from Knoxville’s past.
The :30 ad features snippets of Dooley’s time in Knoxville and highlights the failures of Johnson’s time as a legislator, which the non-partisan Sunlight Foundation ranked as the “most liberal.” Johnson voted against balanced budgets, failed to support a ban on a state income tax, and supported food stamps being used in liquor stores.
The full ad can be viewed here.
Tennessee Republican Party Executive Director Brent Leatherwood remarked, “Derek Dooley couldn’t cut it as a head coach and neither could Gloria Johnson as a legislator. Instead of focusing on improving our education system and working to create an environment for job growth, Representative Johnson pushed an ineffective liberal agenda. Tennessee would never re-hire Derek Dooley. Why would Knoxville re-hire Gloria Johnson? Instead, voters should support a real reformer who’s achieved real results – Eddie Smith. He’s putting our volunteer values first and he’s making a difference for his community.”