Democrat Phil Bredesen Claims ‘I’m Not Running Against Donald Trump,’ But Heads to New York City to Raise Big Money from Never Trump Liberals

Democrat Phil Bredesen Claims ‘I’m Not Running Against Donald Trump,’ But Heads to New York City to Raise Big Money from Never Trump Liberals

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the 74-year-old “new hope” for Democrats in Tennessee who is running unopposed for his party’s U.S. Senate nomination, launched a television ad last week in which he said “I’m not running against Donald Trump.”

Despite that claim, Bredesen is headed to a high end restaurant near New York City’s Central Park in Manhattan to raise big money from Never Trump liberals who want to destroy Trump’s presidency and the GOP.

Pols Love New York City,” reads the headline from a recent New York Post article, which adds the details Tennesseans will find of interest:

Democrats from the heartland come to New York for the same reason Willie Sutton said he targeted banks: “Because that’s where the money is.”

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, looking to move to the US Senate, will have a fundraiser at Bobby Van’s on Central Park South on April 19.

The New York Times reported in November that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) helped persuade Bredesen, whom he “courted personally,” to run for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee.

You can see the New York Post article here:


A multi-millionaire, Bredesen has said that it will take at least $50 million to win the U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee which Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) currently holds. After several fits and starts, Corker has finally declared he will not be seeking a third term.

Bredesen has also said that he will not be using any of his own substantial fortune in his campaign, and that there is plenty of money out there from Democrats around the country to get him to the $50 million mark before November.

The former Governor and former Mayor of Nashville, a big supporter of disgraced former Mayor Megan Barry and her wasteful $9 billion mass transit proposal on the May 1 ballot in Davidson County, appears to be following in the footsteps of other Democrats in conservative states who claim they do not oppose President Trump or the conservative values of their own states, but raise the vast majority of their campaign funds from liberal enclaves in New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, and, especially Hollywood.

Bredesen’s likely opponent in the November general is Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07), the clear front runner in the Tennessee Republican U.S. Senate primary, which will be held on August 2.

According to the most recent report filed with the Federal Election Commission covering the period ending December 31, 2017, Bredesen for Senate raised $518,000 in December 2017, the first month of his campaign. A good portion of this was funneled from donors outside of Tennessee through the Massachusetts based fundraising firm and Political Action Committee known as ACT Blue, acting as a legal conduit. ACT Blue is known for helping nationalize the fundraising activities Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) and other left wing Democrats.

The most recent report filed with the FEC by the Marsha Blackburn for Senate campaign covering the period ending December 31, 2017 showed that her campaign raised $3.2 million during the first three months of her campaign, October, November, and December 2017.

You can watch Bredesen’s latest television commercial here:

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7 Thoughts to “Democrat Phil Bredesen Claims ‘I’m Not Running Against Donald Trump,’ But Heads to New York City to Raise Big Money from Never Trump Liberals”

  1. […] In April, Bredesen went to New York City, where Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) held an exclusive fundraiser for him, as The Star reported: […]

  2. lb

    Didnt I read somewhere that bredesen was personally “courted” by chuckie schumer to get into the race?

  3. Rick

    NO more Bredesen ever.

  4. Sigh.

    Tennessee doesn’t need Phil Bredesen’s nuanced but still too far-Left influences. We’re one of the few States that remain as a bastion against “progressive”’s destruction of our Republic’s principles and values.

    The Democratic Party, whoever it’s standard bearer, uses it’s wins to push transformative progressive agendas. While Bredesen might present himself as a gentleman, his Party still favors abortion over life; unchecked immigration over reasonable constraints; throttling First and Second Amendment natural rights; not to mention their disdain for American citizens who oppose these changes. We are ‘deplorables’ if we push back.

    Thus, Bredesen returns to his home State, New York, to raise funds.

    Don’t let this wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing fool you. He’s not a Tennessean at heart.

  5. Papa

    I hope Tennesseans are not stupid enough to put Bredesen back in any office, not even dog catcher!

  6. 83ragtop50

    Just another old line liberal lying Democrat.

  7. John Bumpus

    Phil Bredesen–another multi-millionaire Progressive/Liberal politician from somewhere else (New Jersey/New York/Massachusetts–he came to Tennessee in his early 40s) who wants to be elected again to statewide office in our State and who says, ‘oh no, I am not running against President Trump.’ Does he really think that Tennessee voters are that foolish?

    When will Tennessee voters ‘wise up’ and start giving these characters ‘the boot’ electorally? These ‘carpetbaggers’ could care less about Tennessee Conservative values. Does anyone remember Jim Sasser–we had to ‘put up’ with that Dem for 18 years?

    If Bredesen is elected to the U. S. Senate, while he is there he will vote ‘in lock-step’ with Schumer and Durbin and Murray and Weyden and Sanders and Warren and Harris et al. so long as he is ‘warm and has a pulse.’