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Dresden’s Roy Herron offering fix in Congress

Dresden’s Roy Herron offering fix in Congress

Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 10:15 pm
By: John Brannon, Staff Reporter

Dresden’s Roy Herron offering fix in Congress | Dresden’s Roy Herron offering fix in Congress

CAMPAIGN STOP — In his appeal for questions from the audience, state Sen. Roy Herron receives a query from Jan Kizer of Union City as a crowd of about 50 listens in the Circuit Courtroom at the Obion County Courthouse.
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State Sen. Roy Herron of Dresden says recent backlash at the polls reflects voter discontent about certain people, not the Democratic Party.
“I think the sentiment is anti-incumbent sentiment. We’ve seen that. People know that Washington is broken and needs to be fixed,” he said.
A state senator, attorney and former Methodist minister, Herron won the Democratic nomination in the Aug. 5 primary election as the candidate for the Eighth District congressional seat being vacated by retiring Congressman John Tanner of Union City.
His opponent in the Nov. 2 general election is agri-businessman Stephen Fincher of Frog Jump. He won the Republican nomination in the Aug. 5 primary.
Herron said Eighth District voters want someone who knows how to do things right “and do things differently than the Washington way.”
At the Obion County Courthouse Friday, he spent about an hour telling a crowd of about 50 gathered in the Circuit Court courtroom that he is that somebody.
On tour
Herron’s visit to Union City was one of several in his “Cuttin’ & Creatin’” tour to take his message to all 19 counties in the Eighth District. The tour began Aug. 9 and ended Saturday.
About the title of the tour, Herron said, “They said if I didn’t pronounce g’s, they weren’t going to put them in a press release. Cuttin’ and creatin’. We’re talking about cutting waste, we’re talking about creating jobs.”
At the courthouse gathering Friday, Herron was introduced by Allison Jones of South Fulton, daughter of Karen and John O. Jones. Ms. Jones, a political science student at the University of Tennessee at Martin, is a summer intern in the Herron campaign. “He has the most amazing work ethic that I have ever seen,” she told the crowd in a courtroom bedecked with Herron for Congress banners. “He’s been running back and forth throughout the Eighth District for this campaign. That’s what we need in Washington — someone to represent the Eighth District and be a hard worker. I can think of no one that’s a harder worker than Roy Herron.”
 “My opponent”
Herron’s basic message Friday was succinct and to the point: “I am a Tennessee conservative, not a Washington radical.”
Although he mentioned his Republican opponent several times, he never spoke his name. He instead referred to him as “my opponent,” saying he wasn’t surprised that his opponent came after him before the dust settled on the “ugliest, dirtiest, nastiest, most negative congressional primary campaign in the country.”
Taking shots
Fincher’s TV ads hit the air the day after the primary.
“The first $224,000 spent in this general election is being spent by an interest group that has the innocuous sounding name, ‘60-Plus,’” he said. “Let me tell you who 60-Plus is. They accuse me of such things as having backed (former Gov. Ned) McWherter. Gov. McWherter thought that working people ought to be able to get the same things as people on welfare, and that is health insurance for their families.
“The folks who are paying for those ads are the same folks who brought you the highest drug prices in the U.S. and kept (U.S. drug prices) higher than any other country on earth, the same people who charge multiple (prices for drugs) than what is paid in Canada, Mexico and all over the world.
“The big drug companies are financing it. And there’s a reason they’re for him and not for me. When it comes down to it, I’m going to be on your side trying to make those medication prices affordable. They’ve chosen their side and decided the horse they want to ride. And you know what? They’re backing the right guy, because I’ll be on your side, not theirs.”
Others, too
Herron said there are “other folks” involved in the scheme — “the same wonderful folks who brought you the recession of 2008, 2009 and 2010, the folks on Wall Street who did all those great creative things such as reverse triple-option mortgages…”
And they had a good thing going for them, too. “They didn’t care whether you won or lost, whether (their decisions) were sound or not, because either way, they got their fees,” he said. “If you make money, they make money. If you lose money, they make money because they still get their fees.”
These are the same folks backing 60-Plus, he added, and their top issue is to take Social Security and turn it into “Social Insecurity,” taking the tax dollars that are paid into Social Security and gambling it on the stock market.
“These are the same folks who are bringing you $224,000 worth of TV advertising in this campaign on behalf of my opponent,” Herron said. “I predict that, as we go along, we’ll see other so-called independent expenditures by other folks. They are going to be lined up.
“We’ll find out who’s behind it and who’s paying for it. “You’ll know which side he’s on and which side I’m on.
“I believe in Social Security, ladies and gentlemen. I don’t believe in turning it into Social insecurity. I don’t believe in taking taxpayer dollars to gamble on Wall Street and leaving widows and vulnerable people at risk.”
Herron said there are differences in him and Fincher, that among them is the fact that he himself is a Tennessee conservative and Fincher has “taken the position” of Washington radicals.
“He’s already beholden to folks who will spend millions of dollars trying to elect him to Congress so they’ll have somebody to do their will, not yours. That’s what it really comes down to,” he said.
“If you’ll send me to Washington, my top priority is going to be fiscal responsibility, fiscal responsibility and fiscal responsibility and cutting spending, cutting spending, cutting spending.”
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Texas authorities after they were notified by the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department and was returned to Tennessee to face charges here.
The case was investigated by the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Texas Rangers and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Leigh Grinalds.
Published in The Messenger 8.16.10

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