Calling Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee “a member of fringe politics,” members of a new Political Action Committee announced Thursday they are mobilizing against the governor and his anticipated 2022 reelection campaign.
People affiliated with the PAC, Beat Bill Lee, published a press release on their website this week.
“Funded by small dollar donations, the PAC will use funds raised to organize hard working families across Tennessee and America to mobilize against the power grab from Bill Lee and other fringe conservatives,” according to the press release.
“This political action committee is composed of Tennesseans from all parts of the state and members include working families, single young folks, white collar professionals, politicians, and Tennesseans from all backgrounds united around the mission to beat Bill Lee in 2022. Beat Bill Lee will utilize a mixture of traditional and unconventional campaign tactics to lead a campaign against the current sitting governor.”
In the press release, Beat Bill Lee PAC Director Emily Cupples blamed Lee for seven rural hospitals closing, all-time high unemployment, and a 50 percent increase in gun violence. Cupples did not cite evidence to back up those claims.
The press release quoted Tennessee State Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville).
“Tennesseans desperately need doctors and hospitals that don’t bankrupt their families, but Gov. Lee does nothing, though it wouldn’t cost our state one penny. One million students need public schools with resources and highly trained teachers. Gov. Lee does nothing,” Johnson said.
“Too many families can’t afford food and rent, and Gov. Lee is bragging about fast low-pay food jobs and cuts to unemployment. It’s time for a change, Tennessee families need a governor who understands the kitchen table issues they face each day — not an out of touch multimillionaire.”
The press release accuses Lee of stealing public dollars “to fund an illegal voucher program” and said he “pushed the need to remove permits for guns and put guns in the hands of dangerous people.”
Lee, a Republican, defeated former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in a 2018 blowout before he took over as Tennessee’s 50th governor.
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