Club for Growth Action, a conservative Super PAC, has a message for former Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam: You’re not welcome in the 2020 Senate race.
Club for Growth Action last week released a 60-second digital ad, according to a press release here.
The video is available to watch here.
The PAC’s video shows what it alleges is a history of Haslam “profiting from his business interest, which had been infected with fraud, racist rants, and practices designed to exploit Hispanic and other customers,” according to the press release.
The transcript of the video reads:
Racist photos. Resignation refusals. Criminal allegations of rape and assault. Reprehensible slurs vile beyond belief.
Liberal Democrats are up to their knees in dirty laundry. And liberal RINO Bill Haslam…he’s dirty, too. Prosecutors say the Haslam family business was infected with fraud. Over a dozen company executives and employees convicted for a conspiracy to defraud mom and pop truckers. Haslam got filthy rich as company co-owner, lining his pockets on the backs of working people.
His campaigns for Governor fueled with fat contributions from the executive who masterminded the scheme, Haslam’s golfing buddy Mark Hazelwood. The same man caught on tape spewing racist, drunken rants at company meetings.
Disturbing and disgusting. Just imagine how they talked on the back nine of a golf course.
Bill Haslam, another politician soaked in scandal. The last guy Tennessee needs in the Senate.
The PAC also launched a new website that lists what the group says are his “company’s long history of discriminatory business practices and incarcerated friends.”
Haslam has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in 2020.
In response to Haslam joining a list of Never-Trumpers as “spring fellows” instructors at American University’s Sine Institute of Politics, Tennessee Star Political Editor Steve Gill said, “If Haslam does run for the Senate he is clearly preparing to do so as an anti-Trump successor to former Senators Flake and Corker. He’s already auditioning for the part for the Establishment DC crowd with an off-Hill appearance at American University,” Gill said. “He will definitely get rave reviews from the Washington Post, MSNBC, CNN and Buzzfeed.”
The Tennessee Journal: On the Hill published a story Monday that quoted Haslam as saying:
“Deciding to run for the United States Senate would be different than deciding if I am going to go work for this bank or that insurance company or whatever,” Haslam said a Freed-Hardeman University forum last week. “At the end of the day, for all of us, it’s about where can we be the most useful. Where can our gifts and the world’s needs intersect.”
David McIntosh, president of Club for Growth Action, responded to reports that Haslam said he does not know if he should run for the Senate. McIntosh said, “Governor, don’t run. You have a legacy as Governor and clearly don’t have the fire in the belly nor desire to serve in the US Senate.”
Club for Growth Action is not the only one criticizing Haslam.
Country music songwriter Stokes Nielson’s tweet about his podcast, “The Spirit of Humanity,” which raises questions about Haslam relative to gas tax increases, went viral with over a half million impressions within hours of its pre-release, The Star reported earlier this month.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.