New video footage allegedly shows State Rep. Bo Mitchell (D-TN-50) stealing yard signs for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn and Mitchell’s opponent, Judd Cowan, in Davidson County.
The video is available to watch here.
U.S. Rep. Blackburn (R-TN-07) is in a hotly contested race with Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN).
House Majority Leader Glen Casada (R-TN-63) confirmed the identity of his colleague in the State House, according to a Tennessee Republican Party press release.
“Bo has a bad reputation at the Capitol for his temper and lack of respect for his colleagues in the legislature,” Casada said. “Unfortunately, none of those that serve with him are surprised by his actions in this video. Instead of respecting the opinions of those they may disagree with, Democrats advocate for mob-like tactics in an attempt to silence the voices of those around them. As Tennesseans, we should never stand idly by and allow this type of dishonesty in our elections.”
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden called for an investigation and for Mitchell to apologize to Cowan and voters.
“It’s an incredibly petty and childish act, but unfortunately that’s what we’ve come to expect from Tennessee Democrats in their attempt to elect Phony Phil Bredesen,” said Golden. “This illegal act should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and we call on Rep. Mitchell to promptly apologize to his opponent and to the people of the 50th district.”
Mitchell is a prominent backer of Bredesen. When Bredesen served as governor, Mitchell served as his Director of Community Affairs in 2007. Mitchell has actively campaigned for fellow Democrat Bredesen.
Ironically, Mitchell’s campaign website allows supporters to request a yard sign.
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