Republican lawmakers went before the TV cameras this afternoon on Curtiswood Lane to grandstand against Bredesen's Bunker. They asked the governor to stop digging a giant hole in the front yard of the Executive Residence to build an underground banquet hall.
“We, the taxpayers, have no legal recourse,” House Minority Leader Jason Mumpower said. “But we are calling on the governor to end this project and redirect these funds to a more worthwhile cause.”
Rep. Debra Maggart: “This state just experienced devastating tornadoes that have ravaged many of our counties. I do not understand why this seems to be a priority over matters that are more pressing.”
Sen. Jack Johnson: “Let’s be honest, the majority of Tennesseans will never step foot in Conservation Hall, and there are other worthwhile projects that will benefit all Tennesseans.”
Rep. Susan Lynn: "I am hearing dissatisfaction from my constituents and they want to know why building this project seems to be a priority."
Rep. Joey Hensley: “In my district, the schools have a total of 31 portables. It’s shameful that we are educating our children in portables but somehow find the money to fund this wasteful project.”
House GOP Caucus Chair Glen Casada: “As a steward of the taxpayer’s money, I am calling on the Governor to stop this project. This is not personal, this is business—and bad business at that.”
I wonder how many of these legislators will refuse to attend Republican fund-raisers that could eventually be held at Conservation Hall?
UPDATE: Democrats point out
that zillionaire car dealer Lee Beaman, a sworn enemy of the bunker, has given money to Republicans. Democratic Party flack Wade Munday: "At this point, Jason Mumpower, Beth Harwell, and the Tennessee Republican Party are nothing more than wholly owned subsidiaries of Lee Beaman."