Pettigrew campaign gets desperateThere is no denying that the race for the Tennessee House of Representatives in the 18th District is close, but it is also clear that Schree Pettigrew is behind and that she is losing ground. Apparently, some folks in Mrs. Pettigrew's campaign are aware of this reality because they are once again resorting to lies and distortions in order to try and garner votes.
If the Pettigrew camp is to be believed, Stacey Campfield favors an income tax and is somehow responsible for the Iraq War. The first claim is a bold-faced lie, since Mrs. Pettigrew and her supporters are well aware that Stacey opposes an income tax. In fact, while Mrs. Pettigrew has met on more than one occasion with pro income-tax forces in Tennessee, Stacey Campfield will not so much as sit in the same room with these people as a matter of principle.
Attempting to somehow pin the war in Iraq on a freshman in the State House is nothing short of a desperation tactic, and is how the casual observer can glean that Mrs. Pettigrew is running behind and that the members of her inner circle are quietly aware that she is losing, and while putting on the brave face and even telling the press that the numbers say otherwise, they know that their only hope is to resort to the tactics of a desperate campaign that is in its final days.
Last week, a third party poll was taken on this race. The numbers that poll revealed were quite telling, and have not been released to either candidate's campaign because giving the numbers away would amount to an in-kind contribution under Tennessee's campaign finance laws. I have now seen the numbers, however, and I can tell readers this much: The Republican leads, but presently falls within the margin of error.
Democrats and supporters of Mrs. Pettigrew may see that as wonderful news, but if I were them, I wouldn't see it as great news at all. Why? Mrs. Pettigrew's supporters have poured nearly $100,000 dollars into her campaign, an amount utterly unheard of in a local race...and the best they can do with all of that money, and all of those salacious TV propaganda pieces, and all of those rediculously false telephone dialers, (things that her opponent has not had the money to do up to this point) is the margin of error?
That is one for Make Me Laugh, folks.
Well Mrs. Pettigrew, I must admit that for a political novice you have mounted a very impressive campaign. Of course, if you didn't have all that big time cash from those trial lawyers you work for and their friends, I suspect it might not have been nearly so impressive. Nonetheless, you play the game very hard, and we see that you have learned how to play the game the filthy dirty way. I hope you don't continue to play the game so dirty should you choose to run for office again-after you are defeated at the polls next Tuesday.