Sunday, June 11, 2006

Brian Hornback: Please explain

The Tennessee Republican Senate Primary is not over by any means, and will not end until August. That being the case, local supporters of both Ed Bryant and Van Hilleary deserve to know why I happened to see a huge Bob Corker sign on the front lawn of the building as Nicole and I passed by Republican Headquarters on our way home this afternoon.

The Republican nomination is not yet decided, and our Party has a longstanding custom of making no official endorsement during a contested Primary. Why is there a huge Corker sign in front of the building housing the headquarters of our great Party?

If Corker becomes the nominee, I can understand this-begrugingly-though I shall post no sign for Bob Corker on my person or property even if he is the nominee. If the nominee is Corker, I can see there being a sign for him at Party headquarters. However, unless the Primary has already taken place this blatant favoritism is uncalled for.


At Sunday, June 11, 2006 11:05:00 PM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

I'm speculating here but ...
1.) Corker is a Republican and has signs.
2.) Van Hillary is a Republican and has no signs.
3.) Bryant is a Republican and has no signs.


At Monday, June 12, 2006 4:53:00 AM, Blogger Rob Huddleston said...

Steve -

Ed Bryant has signs, but we can't put them up. If we do, Jim Haslam won't allow us to fill up our tanks any longer.



At Monday, June 12, 2006 6:15:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

I can't speak for Van's people, but Ed has signs and people in the field in East Tennessee. I have had contact with his East Tennessee field rep myself.

However, it is more than suspicious that we see Corker signs outside Republican headquarters, but nothing for Hilleary or Bryant. (In a Primary, there should be no signs outside headquarters at all).

At Monday, June 12, 2006 9:15:00 PM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

Dave, Robb,
Thanks for clearing that up. I didn't know that Van Hillary and Bryant had signs. Hmm ...
Sounds like something fishy is going on.


At Monday, June 12, 2006 9:34:00 PM, Blogger Charles Badger said...

Dave is right. Local parties showing favoritism toward a particular candidate is wrong. Somebody should tell local party headquarters that the primary hasn't been held yet.

At Tuesday, June 13, 2006 7:04:00 AM, Blogger Brian Hornback said...

My friends at Oatney World,

The KCRP leases the space where we are located, the owner of the building obviously is in the business of leasing office space. The owner of the building would be the one to grant permission for any signage that is on their property. The party can not tell the owner of the building whom to lease to nor can we tell him whom to allow to place signs for or against.

The Corker campaign has leased office space in the same building, could we have stopped that from occuring. No.

If you go to the Knox GOP office, you can obtain material for any of the three Senate candidates, the office staff can and will provide you with contact information for any of the three Senate campaigns.

As a party, We are conducting ourselves in a mannner of fairness, professionalism and with Republican unity.

When I bacame Chairman, we had a headquarters that was NOT handicapped accesible, was costing nearly $12,000.00 a year in lease payments and was not convenient. The office staff and I obtained office space that was visible, handicapped accessible, event friendly, and most importantly preserved our financial resources in reducing our monthly lease payments to a reasonable amount.

I do appreciate your concern and am happy to help explain the party's position.

If I can be of additional information please contact me at anytime at


At Tuesday, June 13, 2006 3:12:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

I do hope you didn't take any of this the wrong way-I am sure you can understand how I would be overly concerned about something like this.

I have complete faith in you-which uis why I raised this issue. It doesn't seem like the way you do things-and of course we know it is not.

At Tuesday, June 13, 2006 5:52:00 PM, Blogger Brian Hornback said...


No. I didn't take it the wrong way. I know that you have been a supporter of mine and I appreciate it.

I would rather you ask the question, then others. I am happy to answer questions, especially from you and other friends. It is important to have these questions asked and for me to provide factual answers. So, that everyone can know that we are being impartial, fair and professional. It is a proper check and balance.

Thanks again


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