published Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Election review

Voters reject higher taxes

"Get out of my wallet!"

That was the message Tennessee voters sent yesterday as tax proposals went down in flames, big-spending local candidates were sent packing and small-government-minded candidates carried the day.

Locally, nowhere was that message heard more clearly than in Bradley County.

With county officials hoping to slap them with a $32 wheel tax Bradley residents obliterated the tax proposal at the polls by a margin of more than three to one. And with good reason.

Unemployment is rising faster in Bradley County than in almost any county in the state. Since April, the unemployment rate has grown from 7.7 percent to nearly 9 percent today. As a result, thousands of families throughout the county are having to tighten their belts and make do with less. They expect the same from their government.

The proposed wheel tax would've taken $2.6 million a year from the pockets of taxpayers for school building projects that are more of a luxury for the county than a necessity.

It was difficult for wheel tax advocates to claim with a straight face that in a $133 million county budget, county officials couldn't find $2.6 million a year in wasteful or unnecessary spending to trim in order to fund schools. Voters saw the county's attempt to enact a new tax, rather than prioritize its spending for what it was: lazy and irresponsible.

All style, no substance

It was a bad night for people with name recognition, but no real valid policy stances.

Milk mogul Scottie Mayfield finished a distant second to incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann. Park Overall, an actress best known for her role as a sassy nurse on the early '90s sitcom "Empty Nest," finished well off the pace in her bid to become the Democrat Sen. Bob Corker will slaughter in November's general election. YouTube sensation and self-described superstar Basil Marceaux garnered less than nine percent of the vote in his effort to oust incumbent state Rep. Richard Floyd. Election night was proof that popularity isn't worth much without positions.

A star is born

While Weston Wamp garnered only 28 percent of the votes in his three-way 3rd District Republican primary battle against Fleischmann and Mayfield, Zach Wamp's kid stepped out from his dad's shadow in a big way on Thursday.

Wamp won Hamilton County, besting Fleischmann by 100 votes in a county where many onlookers expected Fleischmann to win handily.

The ability Wamp displayed in activating voters, utilizing social media and inspiring grassroots support was a page right out of the Barack Obama playbook -- a page that more Republican candidates need to study up on.

His lack of life experience and the bad feelings that many area conservatives still have for his father hurt him this time around. If Wamp continues to stay active in the Chattanooga community, he has a very bright future.

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Leaf said...

So, what has Weston Wamp actually done again, besides have his daddy's political machine raise gigantic amounts of money?

August 3, 2012 at 9:45 a.m.
ldurham said...

Hmmmm.... no comment on the Vital race. Interesting.

August 3, 2012 at 9:52 a.m.
ldurham said...

Times endorsement = Kiss of Death.

Free Press endorsement = Subject to change without notice.

August 3, 2012 at 9:56 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

"Free Press endorsement = Subject to change without notice."

That's how it should be. Had early voting not occurred, Vital would have lost without waiting until Monday to count the provisional votes.

Many people who voted early for Vital would have changed their vote after Vital's continual deception and Chicago-style tactics were revealed.

I salute the Free Press and Drew Johnson for having the courage to publicly change their mind.

Perhaps God didn't like the interest rate Vital was charging Him for a loan.

August 3, 2012 at 10:19 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

lesliesmart,

Still waiting to hear from Vital's supporters that he didn't lie about his college degree for decades.

A Freudian slip is calling your second wife by your first wife's name. A BOL (Big Ol' Lie) is what Vital told and perpetuated.

August 3, 2012 at 11:49 a.m.

Basil Marceaux achieved over 8 percent of the votes?

Huzzah.

But do keep up your love affair with Weston Wamp. Maybe one day HE'LL have positions.

August 3, 2012 at 12:38 p.m.
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