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It's time once again to elect the lucky winner of our celebrated "Whopper of the Month" award. And this month, as usual given all the razor-tongued operators at the Capitol, the competition is brutal. Democratic Party chair Chip Forrester makes his stunning debut with a bald-faced falsehood. Another strong newcomer? One of the rising young stars of Pith
, Rep. Tony Shipley. His simple denial of total ignorance is the early favorite on popular "Whopper of the Month" websites. But don't count out veteran liars like Gary Odom and Phil Bredesen who earned nominations again this month with some especially foul bullshit. Who's the worst liar? We report. You decide.
"I don't spend all day with my door closed reading the blogs."--Democratic Party chair Chip Forrester.
"He was the one always pushing the income tax, and that was the single greatest reason for the Democrats' decline in Tennessee over the last few years. It was why Al Gore lost the state in 2000, and it was why we kept losing seats after that, until finally we were in the minority."--House Democratic leader Gary Odom
, trashing Jimmy Naifeh in an interview with the Memphis Flyer.
"I am a little concerned about what's happening with the party."--Gov. Phil Bredesen
on the Democrats.
"It made me appear to be ignorant and I'm not, not even close to ignorant."--Rep. Tony Shipley
after a blog reported accurately that he said God might toss entire states into the ocean for being too lenient toward gay people.
"So far the Golden Corral hasn't turned into the OK Corral, so we should be all right."--Rep. Henry Fincher
defending one of the 2,598 gun bills this session.
"It's incumbent on the legislature to make sure the responsible agencies are doing their jobs." -- Sen. Mark Norris
, explaining why it's OK to close the state's handgun permit records.
A bill to allow the pollution of untold numbers of Tennessee streams "would arrive at the right balance between clean water, environmental protection and economic development."--Lobbyist Tom Lee
"I do regret that it happened. It was a horrible, horrible thing."--Rep. Gerald McCormick
after casting the only subcommittee vote against a resolution expressing regret for slavery.
"We want to save lives." -- Scott McColpin
, the leader of the motorcycle gang trying to repeal the mandatory helmet safety law.
"My attempt here is to protect and purify the ballot." -- Sen. Bill Ketron
defending his legislation to disenfranchise poor people, brown people and the elderly by requiring photo IDs for voters.
"Expanding opportunities in education, bringing more jobs to Tennessee and still being fiscally responsible are at the top of our agenda." - House Democratic leader Gary Odom.
"Family-owned businesses are part of what has made this state and this nation great." - House GOP leader Jason Mumpower
defending the state tax break for rich real-estate developers, including a New York titty bar owner.
"I didn't intentionally do anything to violate my canons of ethics -- I thought I was doing right." -- Metro General Sessions Judge Gale Robinson
on putting his son-in-law on his payroll.