Last weekend was an absolute success for the Tennessee Republican Party. U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R—South Carolina) on Friday headlined the 2013 Statesmen’s Dinner that raised $470,000 and was attended by 1,400 Republicans from across the state. Saturday, the TNGOP hosted county chairmen and grassroots leaders for our Congress of the Counties leadership training seminar, an event that prepared the Party for success in 2014.
Apparently, Tennessee Democrats wanted to be a part of this great weekend. So, in an unexpected move, two Democrats took turns using their op-eds in Sunday’s Tennessean newspaper to praise the leadership of Governor Bill Haslam.
We provided some excerpts from both Democrat opinion pieces below. These pieces provide evidence the solid leadership of Gov. Haslam is being noticed by Republicans and Democrats alike.
“Gov. Bill Haslam is doing what he said he would when he ran for office three years ago. He continues to focus on creating Tennessee jobs, improving education — both K-12 and higher education — and creating a more efficient and effective state government.”
“Tennessee is also doing considerably well compared with most other states when it comes to job creation. More than 80,000 new Tennessee jobs have been created in the past two years. Tennessee ranks first in the Southeast and 10th in the nation for personal income growth. We’re also first in the Southeast and fifth in the nation for job growth. Tennessee has the lowest debt per capita and one of the lowest state and local tax burdens in the U.S.”
“I believe that people are going to cast their vote based on the job that Bill Haslam is doing, and most Tennesseans — Democrats and Republicans alike — agree he’s doing a good one.”
“…executive skills like those Bill Haslam possesses result in the growth of strong businesses, creating thousands of jobs and spurring economic growth.”
“Gov. Haslam’s business experience, acumen and credentials are unchallenged.”