Thursday, May 18, 2006

Bob Corker: How Quickly He Forgets

Tuesday's Kingsport Times reported, "(Bob) Corker was asked for his response to the negative Web sites. "In my whole life, I've really tried to focus on communicating with people what I was going to do whether it was when I was in business starting out at 25, or as a civic leader trying to make things happen in our community in a positive way, or as a public official," Corker said.

"The approach that both my opponents are taking in this race is very different than the kind of approach I take into every endeavor I have pursued in life..."

So you have always carried yourself in a "positive way," Bob?

Hmm...maybe we should ask Bill Frist, your 1994 Senate opponent, about that notion.

Role Reversal? Corker Questioned Bill Frist's Republican Credentials: “Opening shot in what is fast becoming a sizzler of a campaign was an Ad questioning Dr. Frist's credentials as a Republican, given his less than glowing record as a voter. The ad points out that Frist became eligible to register to vote in 1971 but "didn't get around to it until 1988." The caption and voice-over run against a background shot of a Vietnam War protest.

The ad goes on to say that the Nashville heart surgeon turned politician has never voted in a Republican primary, never voted "for Howard Baker or Lamar Alexander. And he never voted for Ronald Reagan.” -- Knoxville News-Sentinel, 08/01/94

Frist's Campaign Calls Corker's Attack Ad Unethical: “Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Frist is crying foul over a rival's television ad that Frist says implies he was an anti-war demonstrator.

''In the ad there is footage of a Vietnam War protest and that is absolutely crossing the line,'' charged Frist campaign manager Tom Perdue of an ad paid for by Republican Bob Corker. '' To state the facts, that is fair, but to try to leave the impression in anyone's mind that they are trying to leave is far more than just unfair . . . it's unethical.''
-- Commercial Appeal, 07/27/94

Frist Said Corker's Negative Campaign Showed Desperation and That He Was Trying To Drag The Campaign Through The Mud: “Frist's response ad attacks Corker as ‘‘. . . desperate. He's behind in the polls and now he's trying to drag this election into the mud.'' -- Commercial Appeal, 07/27/94

Frist Advisor Called Bob Corker "Rotten On The Inside," "A Coward" and "Pond Scum.": “Striking back at campaign ads he says were unfair, Perdue has blasted Frist's chief opponent, Chattanooga builder Bob Corker, as "rotten on the inside," "a coward" and "pond scum." -- Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 08/02/94

Corker Blasted Frist For Performing Medical Experiments On Cats As A Med Student: “Corker also poked fun at Frist's admission in an autobiography, Transplant, that as a medical student he would adopt cats ostensibly as pets so that he could conduct medical experiments.” -- Commercial Appeal, 08/04/94

Cut the act Bob. You have no room to talk when it comes to personal attacks, your record shows that. What goes around comes around.

You aren't any different from Ed or Van.

All three of you have proven that you will say anything or do anything to get elected.

Tennessee deserves better. It's time for a new generation of leadership.

More: Read About Bob Corker's Record Of Attacking Fellow Republicans!

134 Days

Days of Congressional Inaction on Ethics

Above is the number of days that have passed since Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to bribing Congressman.

It is also the number of days in which Congress has failed to pass an ethics reform bill that would limit private travel, ski and golf junkets, and would call for a full disclosure of expenses by lobbyists on members of Congress.

It is time for Congress to step up and pass an ethics reform bill that would do all of the above. In addition, it is time to end the pork barrel spending system as we know it and establish an independent ethics commission that would review ethics complaints against members of Congress.

I am proud Congressman Harold Ford Jr. is fighting for that reform!

Read Congressman Ford's call for reform of the House rules here!