Thanks to a little help from his buddies at Waller Lansden Dorch & Davis, which does the bidding of corporate polluters and tax dodgers in the halls of power, Mike Stewart is outspending Eric Stansell by a 15-to-1 margin
in the race to succeed the esteemed Rob Briley in the state House. Waller Lansden attorneys have given Stewart 40 percent of his total haul. So we phoned Stewart and asked him a few questions about all this.
: Why are Waller Lansden lawyers giving you so much money? What do they expect for that?
: I guess the simplest answer is that these are friends and they’ve worked with me or known me for many, many years, and so obviously people who have worked with me for a long time are going to be people that are going to give me campaign contributions.
: Do they want anything in return for giving you campaign contributions?
: Absolutely not. Most of these people are not even politically involved.
: Are you saying that when these people come into your office asking for something, you’ll treat them like anyone who hasn’t given you money?
: Well of course. I’m going to be a completely independent state representative. The reason I have so many well-known progressives supporting me is because my reputation as a progressive and Democrat is just very well established outside of my law practice.
Well, at least we asked.