If only every Republican voter watched YouTube, then Zach Wamp could stop wringing his hands about when to go negative on television against Bill Haslam. In this video from his sit-down with the Memphis Flyer, Wamp produces a beautiful critique of Haslam as a rich daddy's boy trying to buy the election with a boatload of money. In what will go down as a campaign classic mudball, he likens Haslam to the wimpy, wide-eyed Bobby Ewing in the old TV show Dallas.
Of Haslam, Wamp says, "It frankly is the most inflated resume maybe in the history of Tennessee to say that he’s a remarkable business leader. He’s run a city with $165 million budget. The state’s budget is $28 billion."
"He didn’t run Pilot Oil, goodness gracious. This is like the TV show Dallas. There’s Jock, there’s J.R. and there’s Bobby. This is Bobby. This is Bobby, honest to goodness. He’s a nice man. Bobby was the nicest guy in that family, but he was never in charge. This is more like ‘by spending $9 million, we’re going to lead the state to believe that this guy did all this.’ In fact, when he’s been put on the spot making tough decisions, he’s made the wrong decisions. Before he cut a dime of spending as mayor of Knoxville, he raised taxes by 15 percent. I gotta tell you that’s the wrong decision. You reduce the government before you ever say to the taxpayers ‘I’ve got to get back into your pocket.’"
"If you got a $37 billion corporation in the state of Tennessee, are you too big to be held accountable for your income and expenses, your tax returns, your financial information? … We have a candidate for governor right now who’s already spent probably $9 million and will not disclose any of this. And why? I know why. Why is because he doesn’t want you to spend all your time writing about all his conflicts of interest, maybe the tax breaks that they took … a host of issues, or other family members that own large financial institutions in this state that are heavily regulated. Or how much money they made off the lottery, which is the fourth largest lottery recipient in the state. Or all the conflicts of interest in the businesses that they’re in. There are hundreds of conflicts of interests that he will have because of who he is. But basically if you have enough money, perceptions are you can buy it or you’re going to automatically win. I don’t think that’s right."