The love of money is the root of all evilI cannot possibly begin to compare with Terry Frank for her fantastic work in investigating this story, but if the rumors are true that Bill Haslam intends to run for Governor in 2010, his connection to an indicted drug smuggler and said friends of that smuggler may be of interest to anyone contesting Haslam for the GOP nomination, especially if Scott West is actually convicted.
As Terry points out in her brilliant work (which Rob Huddleston has also highlighted), not only has Bill Haslam had questionable connections with drug runners, but the Haslams and their allies have also aided and abeted the pornography trade here in East Tennessee to a tremendous degree, encouraging the purveyors of "smut" to set up business right in the heart of Knoxville.
These are the same people who are the lead backers of Bob Corker for U.S. Senate. This is the very same Corker who tells us that he has converted and become pro-life because a missionary trip to Haiti changed his outlook forever. Well, if I suddenly "saw the light" and "got religion," I don't know that I would want to smear my good name by associating with those who give aid and comfort to drug runners and porn distributors. The fact is that these people are not our kind of Republican-they aren't conservatives of the heart and soul and they have no principles. Their primary concerns are money and power, and the good of Tennessee and the Union as a whole be damned. In the mind of these sorts of folks, the good of the country is what they say it is, nevermind what the rest of us think.
If you want to support those who support the cultural excrement that is ruining our society and our country, by all means vote for Bob Corker for Senate, or vote for Harold Ford Jr. If you support those who give advantages to pornagraphers and drug traffickers, please vote for Bill Haslam in 2010.
If you support decency, dignity, and a just society, and you are a Republican, you really need to vote for Ed Bryant for Senate, and run as far away from Bill and Jim Haslam as you can.