Jim Cooper: "The key is to be calm and thoughtful and figure out what works for everybody. ... The media prefers covering fights as opposed to substance, and it's really the substance that gets things done."
Calm and thoughtful aren't the words you would use to describe Tom Kovach, state chairman of something called America's Independent Party. He's the guy who was organizing a protest of Jim Cooper's scheduled appearance Friday morning at West End Middle School. Cooper caught wind of the protest and canceled rather than let a gang of nutjobs screw up the day for the schoolchildren. Well, now Kovach says he's showing up anyway to make the kids miserable, Cooper or no Cooper. What a charming guy! From his so-called press release:
"Recently, there was a successful event in another part of Tennessee, where citizens lined up to pose questions to a *photograph* of their absent congressman," Kovach explained. "I've heard enough of Cooper's commentaries to know that he doesn't directly answer the question even when the person is standing right there, so we probably won't bother with the expense of a photograph."