Monday, September 11, 2006

Bryson Bulletin

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Bredesen reverses rhetoric but takes no action on illegal immigrants who commit crime

Seventy days after declaring that state law enforcement should have no role in fighting problems caused by illegal immigration, Governor Phil Bredesen Tuesday applauded Davidson County officials who are addressing crimes committed by illegal immigrants.

However, Sen. Bryson and a majority of the State Senate passed legislation in April to require state law enforcement to turn over to federal authorities illegal immigrants who commit crime. Bredesen publicly attacked the bill and helped kill it in the House.

Sheriff Daron Hall is to be commended for stepping up to solve Davidson County’s serious public safety issues with violent crime committed by illegal immigrants. But the problem is statewide and Bredesen fought hard to stop Senate Bill 2426, which would have removed criminal illegal immigrants from Tennessee.

Just 10 days ago, Democrat Party Chairman Bob Tuke admitted publicly that he too worked with pro-illegal immigrant groups to kill the legislation.

Supporting documentation:

June 27, 2006
Bredesen was against the bill during the legislative session and remained opposed Monday, saying he doesn’t “think the THP ought to be doing the federal government’s work.”

May 1, 2006
“The governor doesn’t think it makes sense to deputize the police force to deal with federal laws,” [Bredesen campaign spokesman Will] Pinkston said.

April 4, 2006
“I don’t think it’s appropriate for the state or we ought to be spending a lot of our money having the Highway Patrol expanded to go out and look for illegal immigrants or something,” Bredesen said last week, adding that he thinks immigration is a national issue.

Bredesen Refused to Sign Resolution Banning Gay Marriage....

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Gov. Phil Bredesen's refusal to sign a resolution authorizing a statewide ban on gay marriage. The resolution, supported by Jim Bryson in the State Senate, set up a statewide vote in the upcoming Nov. 7 general election on amending the state constitution to specifically declare that marriage is between one man and one woman. As reported in the News Sentinel, Jim has addressed the Governor's unwillingness to sign the resolution on the campaign trail:

"We need a governor who believes that marriage is between one man and one woman," Bryson told a crowd of about 70 people in a campaign speech during his 95-county bus tour of the state. "We have a governor who wouldn't sign a resolution letting people vote on the marriage amendment that establishes that principle."

Commercial Appeal Calls for Resignation of Indicted Democrat State Senator, Bredesen Remains Silent....

The Memphis Commercial Appeal called for the resignation of indicted State Sen. Jerry Cooper (D-Morrison) on Monday. Cooper has been charged with bank fraud, mail fraud and fraud conspiracy. From the Commercial Appeal:
Cooper resigned last week as chairman of the Senate's Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee, but he didn't go far enough. He should resign from the Senate, for his own sake and the sake of his constituents.

As he and his lawyers deal with his case, that would be a distraction from Cooper's duties as a senator. Also, because the charges involve an alleged abuse of power, his credibility and effectiveness as a legislator have been badly compromised.

As Governor, Jim Bryson will hold elected officials to a higher standard. A Bryson administration will not include commissioners and other high level appointees who have used public office for personal gain.

Bryson Finding Strong Support Among Minorities....

Jim Bryson BIG statewide bus tour of all 95 counties in Tennessee stopped in Shelby County over the weekend, where Jim picked up support from religious leaders within the African-American community. From the Knoxville News Sentinel:
Republican gubernatorial nominee Jim Bryson is looking for support in some unlikely quarters. At a campaign event in the parking lot of a Piggly Wiggly supermarket last week, Bryson appealed to Memphis' black voters, emphasizing his plans to reopen TennCare rolls for the chronically ill and to reduce the state's sales tax on food.


Bryson thanked the Rev. Dwight Montgomery, president of the Memphis chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, for "having the courage to step up" and support him. Montgomery, who said he is putting together a coalition of black religious leaders to support Bryson, said TennCare cuts are the main reason for his endorsement.

Incumbent Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, last year cut 170,000 people from TennCare and reduced benefits to thousands more to arrest spiraling costs.

New Video at the website:

See Jim on illegal immigrants and TennCare


New Audio at the website:

Hear Jim on Bredesen’s opposition to using state law enforcement to arrest illegal immigrants who commit crime



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