Call it a Freudian slip at best, an unfortunate encounter with the truth at worst, with a top Democrat saying all the moderates have fled the party. That likely applies to Phil Bredesen as well.
Speaking on MSNBC, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said “There are no moderate Democrats left…”
DNC Chair: "There are no moderate Democrats basically left…"
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— Michael Ahrens (@michael_ahrens) October 9, 2018
Garren Shipley, Republican National Committee spokesman, said, “Tom Perez had it right the first time. Moderate Democrats are a thing of the past. Phil Bredesen, who has based his entire campaign on the false promise of independence, is raising money today with billionaire Mike Bloomberg – an anti-gun zealot who has spent millions of dollars in an effort to abridge our Second Amendment rights. He is bought and paid for by Chuck Schumer, Michael Bloomberg, and national Democrats. Today’s Democrat party isn’t just Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi at the top, it’s like-minded people all the way down.”
Bredesen is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Bob Corker (R-TN). U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) is his opponent.
Shipley referred to a Tuesday fundraiser that billionaire Bloomberg hosted for Bredesen at his Manhattan home.
The event was billed to financiers as an opportunity to “join Mike Bloomberg for an evening in support of Governor Phil Bredesen.”
Bloomberg said in 2014, “And if you want to have a gun in your house, I think you’re pretty stupid – particularly if you have kids – but I guess you have a right to do that. Someday, there is going to be a suit against parents who smoke in their houses or have guns in their houses by a kid. It’s not that far-fetched.”
Bredesen has his own gun rights issues despite his efforts to portray himself as gun-friendly.
The National Rifle Association has been demanding Bredesen retract what it calls a misleading ad from his U.S. Senate campaign in which he uses an old rating to make it appear the organization supports him. Bredesen, in his ad, says he has an “A” rating from the NRA – but the organization says that is from 2002 when he was governor. His current rating is a “D.”
Bredesen, Tennessee’s former governor, has expressed opposition to abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), giving a flat “no” to the agency’s destruction, according to the Times Free Press on July 10. Despite his claims that he doesn’t support abolishing the agency, he accepted $5,000 from Empire PAC, an affiliated PAC of New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Bredesen also donated over $33,400 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
President Donald Trump said recently at a rally in Johnson City, “A vote for Bredesen is a vote for Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and the real leader of the Democrats, Maxine Waters.”
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.