published Monday, July 19th, 2010

Robin Smith news release: Advocacy group's poll shows her leading in 3rd District race

Press Release

A new poll released today by the economic advocacy group Club for Growth revealed that Third District Congressional Candidate Robin Smith has a “commanding” lead among those seeking the Republican nomination.

The poll, conducted on July 12 by Basswood Research, gave Smith a 22 point lead over her nearest competitor, Chattanooga Trial Lawyer Chuck Fleischmann. Analysis of the results revealed, “In addition to her overall support on the ballot, Smith has the highest favorability rating among the candidates, and the best favorable-to-unfavorable ratio. Smith leads by double digits in every geographic region of the district, and among all ideological and demographic subgroups. She has a strong lead among both those who associate themselves with the Tea Party movement and those who do not. In short, Robin Smith is well on her way to victory.”

“While we are pleased and encouraged by the results of this polling, we will not stop working in all eleven counties of the Third District to ensure a win on August 5,” Smith said. What we do know from this poll is my campaign of speaking directly to the voters and sticking to the issues is being rewarded with broad support. If you have decided to vote for me, please vote early. If you are undecided, I hope to earn your respect and your vote. Together we can get America back on the right track.”

Smith campaign spokesman Mark Winslow pointed to the large lead Smith enjoys as the reason trial lawyer Chuck Fleischman has suddenly begun running a negative campaign. “We now know why Chuck Fleischmann has driven his failing campaign into the gutter. After more than a year of campaigning, hundreds of thousands of dollars gained from his years suing Tennesseans wasted and turning his entire campaign over to a failed presidential candidate, Fleischmann sees the end coming and has turned his hatchet men loose on Robin Smith. His smear tactics will fail just as badly as all the other gimmicks he has tried. Tennesseans have figured out Fleischmann has no vision, no record and can only repeat ‘Mike Huckabee’ as the answer to every question. Now his campaign is unhinged and he’s on the attack. This poll confirms that the consistent authentic conservatism of Robin Smith is the direction Tennesseans want to take.

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gm1220 said...

Wake up people! Robin Smith Pelosi has bought yet another endorsement and poll! Vote anyon but Robin!

July 19, 2010 at 5:56 p.m.
MuddyCreek said...

Let me see. Is this the same poll that badgered those who said that Tim Gobble was their choice to answer instead a secondary question, "Who would you then vote for if the race was between Smith and Fleischmann?" Yes, polls can be made to say anything a candidate chooses if they manage to word the question cleverly enough.

Sheriff Gobble has had to battle the political machine in his own party every time he has run for office and what did it get him? First, it got him, in at least one case, 75% of the popular vote. Second, it got him falsely labeled a "closet" Democrat by the pathetic Republican establishment.

I certainly hope the voters of the 3rd District can recognize a massive snow-job when they see it. Cast your vote for the only candidate with a record of successful public service that has required him to not only be fiscally responsible but also to be willing to lay down his life to protect our leaders and our citizens.

How can the likes of a Robin Smith be mentioned in the same breath as someone like Tim Gobble? The FreePress would be well-served to depart from its tabloid-like coverage of this race and inform the readers that Smith and Fleischmann are going to have a serious problem with someone who is above reproach. GM1220 needs to get off the fence and help send a new Sheriff to Congress!

July 19, 2010 at 6:18 p.m.
davidgid said...

This is a sham. Robin, the Tea Party voters aren't that stupid. Van Irion has serious support throughout the district, and we know it.

July 19, 2010 at 6:44 p.m.

I am having a hard time figuring a way for Robin to have garnered 22% more votes than her nearest competitor(Chuck) in a race with so many candidates running. The only way it could conceivably work would be for her to garner 40% of the total vote which would mean Chuck would have gotten 18%(22% less than Robin). That would leave 42% for the remaining 6 or 8 candidates including Gobble, Rhodes, Crangle, and Irion who seem to have solid support. I just have a hard time seeing how one candidate will pull as much as 40% of the vote in a race with so many candidates. Let's assume Robin got 35% which would mean 13% for Chuck. That leaves 52% for the others and none receiving more than 12%. Again, might be plausible but highly doubtful. It gets even murkier assuming Robin won 30%. Unless, of course, there is some truth to the "push poll" accusation and the question being posed in such a way that only two candidates were considered.

July 19, 2010 at 8:43 p.m.
sdk444 said...

I understand the skepticism with polling; however, I believe there is one undeniable truth. Robin Smith has run a very effective campaign and Mr. Fleischmann has begun to panic and started to run negative ads. Meanwhile, I have not heard any negative ads from Mrs. Smith’s campaign. I for one, intend to help send Mrs. Smith to Washington!

July 19, 2010 at 10:06 p.m.
alohaboy said...

Is hanging up after being told to push #1 to vote for Robin considered a vote for Robin?

July 20, 2010 at 7:52 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Robin Smith worries me. When I personally asked her about some of her positions she did not seem to have any depth to her answers beyond the original statement of position. Parts of her answers were just wrong. Although most of her positions seem correct on the surface I am afraid that she lacks fundamental understanding of why she has taken the stands that she has. Lack of depth like this makes a person easily swayed on a position. I fear she will quickly become another cog in the wheel of the political machine that we would all like to see retired. Her main advantage in this race is her political connections, not her resolve or understanding of the issues. There are better candidates in the field.

July 20, 2010 at 8:13 a.m.
gm1220 said...

Hey sdk444 . . .Robin started the negative campaigning against Chuck a long time ago. I guess we hear what we want to. Remember the self funded collections attorney! I would rather Chuck be accountable to his wife for 1/2 million than bundled pac money that Robin receives from people in DC! The list of people she owes favors to is long! You don't have to be republican or democrat to know that those people will come calling after election day for a return on their investment. Think about it, this is the problem in Washington now, trying to keep up with all the favors to return.

Remember vote anyone but Robin! And yes, if you hang up on a poll Robin will find a way to count that vote for her!

July 20, 2010 at 8:49 a.m.
twiblue1 said...

Anyone who actually believes that Robin Smith IN ANY WAY represents the Constitutionalist Movement in this country needs to be sincerely enlightened with information about what the movement is all about. Any claim that Robin Smith makes regarding having any credibility in the Constitutionalist movement is absurd. Van Irion is a true flagbearer for the Constitutionalist movement in the 3rd district of Tennessee. Don't take my word for it, do some research. Make your vote count. Robin Smith whom I am sure is a fine person, is in the wrong place, at the wrong time for this country at this crossroad.

August 1, 2010 at 6:44 a.m.
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