By Jeff Woods
on Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 8:30 AM
Hat tip to the sharp-eyed Matthew Hurtt and Nashville247.tv for catching this bit of political backscratching in the state Senate. In this video he snagged off the legislative website, the Transportation Committee amends a bill to fix a little problem for Ronnie Barrett, the Murfreesboro firearms manufacturer and big election campaign contributor. He's been fighting the Transportation Department to extend an access road that runs in front of his plant. If this bill becomes law, he wins.
The Transportation Committee chairman is Jim Tracy, who's running for Congress with a little help from Barrett. This week, legislators will go on a field trip to a firing range to shoot machine guns courtesy of Barrett Firearms. In the video, Sen. Doug Jackson doesn't mention any of that. In brackets, we took the liberty of adding what he was thinking as he spoke.
"This is a company that's providing important jobs in the middle of the recession, a company that made an investment in Tennessee [and a company whose owner makes really big campaign contributions and lets us play with his guns] and I think this is a reasonable accommodation."