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Steve Mills

How about something a little closer to home?

Posted Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at 10:26 AM
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  • I guess this is the result of a one party system, when the only way that party knows how to campaign is by slinging mud.

    It is sort of sad to realize we could have had Jim Tracy in that office, except he has too much class.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Wed, Aug 3, 2016, at 12:35 PM
  • Lazarus,

    Tracy was into the mud slinging too. He ran several negative ads as well. I guess they use it because it works.


    I don't have personal knowledge of either candidate. Personal point of view aside, I have looked at Dejarlais' voting record. I have agreed with MOST of his votes even though many of the bills were written in such a way as to be objectionable.

    There are no really "good" choices it seems. I suppose that is the root cause of negative ads. We have the choice of the lesser of two evils. So, one tries to convince us that the other is more evil.

    -- Posted by Liveforlight on Wed, Aug 3, 2016, at 8:35 PM
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    Thanks for looking at his record Liveforlight. I had a feeling it was a case of "it all depends how you look at it". I get so darned (stronger omitted) fed up with most politicians and them being able to get away with throwing crap out to us.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Aug 3, 2016, at 9:02 PM
  • Steve,

    Email jerry@Whatahorse.com; he will tell you about Rep. DeJarlais. You could call him but I don't know his number right off-hand.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Thu, Aug 4, 2016, at 11:56 AM
  • Anyone running to the right of DeJarlais scares me even if his character is better.

    -- Posted by devan on Thu, Aug 4, 2016, at 3:24 PM
  • I know more about DeJarlais,but I don't know anything about Starret.I know he's a big conservative but I'm having trouble finding his ideas and stance on current affairs.

    -- Posted by beau maverick on Thu, Aug 4, 2016, at 3:34 PM
  • I also know DeJarlais supports the Walking Horse industry but where does the Starrett stand on the issue?

    -- Posted by beau maverick on Thu, Aug 4, 2016, at 3:43 PM
  • It would be hard to say where DeJarlais stands on any issue.

    He also claims to be a staunch anti-abortion, family values conservative.

    But during his divorce case it was revealed that he's had numerous affairs with patients and co-workers.

    He'd also gotten one of them pregnant and advised her to get an abortion. That was after he encouraged his ex-wife to have two abortions.

    I know this has nothing to do with his voting record.

    But it does again show the hypocrisy of DeJarlaris, his character, and makes me wonder how some of these "pro-life" conservatives can still support him.

    -- Posted by Rocket Valentine on Thu, Aug 4, 2016, at 5:28 PM
  • Liver Light; indeed, he did. Too little and too late, but did you get the sense his heart was in it? God knows, if there was ever an opponent who begged for negative campaigning, Tracy was facing him. I am surprised we continue to send DesJarlais to Washington. However, his opponent this time was raised in California. Apparently that is worse than a few issues over moral standards.

    I am not sure what else a politician could do to succeed in Tennessee, besides resort to negative compaigning. The Republican Primaries are the elections (for all intents and purposes), and you would be hard pressed to slide a piece of paper between the stances of the candidates on any issue... It was interesting how yesterday came out. "Anti-establishment" Tennessee re-elected every incumbent save one. Serial sex offender Jeremy Durham (who is not even allowed physical access to most State government buildings because of his proclivities) was defeated in Williamson County... You might ask yourself why it is that Durham was not removed from office already, rather than merely not being allowed access to government buildings? Maybe it is because he would have lost his lifetime pension for being in the legislature. Apparently, that was not a precedent our legislators wanted to set.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Fri, Aug 5, 2016, at 8:50 AM
  • Interesting some know all about DesJarlais except how to spell his name.

    -- Posted by cmcclanahan on Fri, Aug 5, 2016, at 12:06 PM
  • Yeah, it's probably a lot easier when you can just look at your yard sign

    -- Posted by Rocket Valentine on Fri, Aug 5, 2016, at 12:35 PM
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    I knew so little about Starrett that I could not support him just because he "sounded" like a better alternative.

    It is decided now but how long was he actually in Tennessee? Do you think he will stay or move on?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Aug 5, 2016, at 3:15 PM
  • Not sure about Starrett either Steve.

    But I did meet the guy that will be running against DesJarlais (hope the spelling is correct, those French names always screw me up) in the general election.

    His name is Steven Reynolds and he's a local farm boy from Manchester.



    -- Posted by Rocket Valentine on Fri, Aug 5, 2016, at 4:04 PM
  • I am going to put out a yard sign for Rocket Valentine just for giving me such a good laugh.........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sun, Aug 7, 2016, at 4:08 AM
  • Looks like Reynolds wants to bring good jobs to Tennessee, take care of the veterans and look after social security.Hard to tell what to think but at least he grew up here and wants to improve our state.

    -- Posted by beau maverick on Tue, Aug 9, 2016, at 8:50 PM
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    There is not a lot out there about Reynolds. Just from a standpoint of not letting anyone get too comfy in Congress, he deserves a good look-see.

    Anyone know him personally? Maybe have heard him in person?

    DesJarlais has some contradictions about him that make me uncomfortable.

    An interesting side comment, when I first saw Reynolds' name as a contender, I immediately wondered R or D. Then I stopped asked myself, what does it matter?

    I like to tout that I am independent, but wonder if it says something about my "independence" if I cared enough to wonder.

    Locally, it should not matter, but Nationally I just lean more Republican. Except this year. This year I am truly conflicted.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Aug 10, 2016, at 10:48 AM
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