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Bredesen visits to bolster Cobb campaign

Friday, September 18, 2009

Gov. Phil Bredesen and Ty Cobb visit after the speeches are over at Cobb's Thursday night fundraiser.
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More than a hundred people -- including Gov. Phil Bredesen -- showed up at the Fly Cultural Arts Center Thursday night to meet and hear from Ty Cobb, a candidate for state representative, Cobb is the brother of Curt Cobb, who held the seat until July when he resigned to take a court clerk position in Bedford County.

The special election will be held Oct. 13, with Ty Cobb facing off against GOP candidate Pat Marsh.

"Curt Cobb was exactly the kind of person you want to work with," said Bredesen, citing Cobb's dedication, clarity on the issues, and willingness to sit down and work things out for the benefit of his constituency. "From everything I know about him, Ty is going to be just like that."

Cobb spent more time circulating with his supporters than giving speeches, but used his time at the podium thanking everyone and vowing to do a good job as state representative.
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Bredesen said he had gotten to know Ty Cobb over the last few months and felt they shared several interests from a love for the outdoors to political ideology.

"He's a conservative Democrat," said the governor, "The kind of Democrat who has always done well for the state of Tennessee over the years."

Bredesen referred to Cobb's roots, both his 22-year career with UPS and his family. He also cited Cobb's National Rifle Association membership and pro-life stance.

"I think he will be a wonderful state representative," Bredesen concluded.

Earlier, Rep. Mike Turner, who is helping with Cobb's campaign, said he had heard from the Right to Life organization and said they planned to announce their endorsement of Cobb as a candidate today.

Turner also said Cobb was more than ready to debate his opponent.

"I called and gave them a date but they never called back," he said. "They keep calling for a debate, but they never call the person who is setting it up."

Other prominent state Democrats attended the event, including 49th District Rep. Kent Coleman; Rep. Gary Odom, the minority leader; and Turner, the caucus chairman.

Turner introduced Bredesen.

"When he first took over Tennessee it was as in as bad a shape as I'd ever seen it," said Turner, referring to several problems but specifically the non-existent reserve fund. "If we hadn't had that reserve fund this year, we'd be in real trouble. His leadership did that for us and he did all this without raising taxes."

One issue that all of the Democrat leaders stressed was getting the voters to the polls.

"Even more than fundraising, we need to get the vote out," said Bredesen. "We need to put people in the legislature who can look to the future."

Odom said special elections scared him because the results can vary, depending on voter turnout.

"We're not in a cross-country race here," he said. "We're in a sprint."

The candidate himself spent little time at the podium.

"I didn't prepare a long speech," said Cobb. "I want all of you to feel free and come up to me and ask questions."

He thanked his family and friends for their ongoing support, and then spoke one-on-one with those attending the event.

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