Wednesday, January 25, 2006

GOP Senate candidate Bryant Lashes Out At Fellow GOPers

this was put out by the Bryant campaign today:

Hilleary's Obsession With Fundraising Ironic

If being 'outspent' caused Van's historic loss to Bredesen, why should conservatives trust him to overcome Corker's millions … or Ford's?
January 25, 2006

BRENTWOOD, TN - In response to 2002 GOP gubernatorial nominee Van Hilleary's repeated efforts to make fundraising the dominant issue of the Senate campaign, Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Ed Bryant today called on Hilleary to explain to conservatives why they should trust him to be able to overcome Bob Corker's or Harold Ford Jr.'s significant fundraising advantages after his admitted failure to overcome Phil Bredesen's fundraising advantage caused him to lose the 2002 race for Governor.
"Since Van Hilleary is trying so desperately to make fundraising the determining factor in this campaign, he ought to have no problem answering the following simple question," Bryant said. "If being 'outspent' was the reason Van lost to Phil Bredesen, as Van's tried hard to have us believe, why should conservatives believe for a second that Van will be able to overcome the millions of dollars Bob Corker's going to spend trying to hide his record of raising taxes and supporting abortion rights, or the millions Harold Ford Jr. will have thanks to liberals special interest groups across the country?
"Unlike Van and Bob Corker, I believe this race is about more than money. It's about electing the most qualified conservative who has both the ability to raise the money to win and a proven record of fighting for our conservative values that will inspire voters at the grassroots level across the state to turn out in mass and defeat Harold Ford Jr.
"We continue to raise the money it will take to win and I'm extremely proud to have received the unprecedented early endorsements of Tennessee Right to Life and Ben Cunningham, founder of Tennessee Tax Revolt, which demonstrates my ability to unite social and economic conservatives as the strongest candidate to defeat Harold Ford, Jr."
Since becoming the first Tennessee Republican to lose statewide since the landslide victories of 1994, Hilleary has repeatedly blamed his loss on being "outspent." (Chattanooga Times Free Press, 11/30/02)
In addition to the early support Bryant's received from Tennessee Right to Life and Tennessee Taxpayer Revolt’s Ben Cunningham, Bryant's been endorsed by the Home School Legal Defense Association, U.S. Sens. Sam Brownback (R-KS), Tom Coburn (R-OK), John Ensign (R-NV) and Trent Lott (R-MS), victims rights advocate Rebecca Easley; former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), the Concerned Women for America's political affiliate; and grassroots support from twelve Republican leaders in the Tennessee State House, the Madison Project, and Van's former congressional district director Janice Bowling.