Herron nemesis Andy Seré isn't buying this new ad in which Herron casts himself as “a truck-driving, shotgun-shooting, Bible-reading, crime-fighting, family-loving country boy.” Maybe for his next production, Herron should knock out a couple of teeth, scratch his belly and spit tobacco at the camera. Says Seré:
"If Roy Herron loves trucks so much, why’d he vote to put a brand-new tax on them?* If Roy Herron loves guns so much, why’d he defend Al Gore’s anti-gun posture as his Tennessee campaign manager in 2000? If Roy Herron reads the Bible, how come he’s ignoring its admonitions to be honest? If Roy Herron is tough on crime, why’d he vote to allow illegal aliens to obtain drivers’ licenses? If Roy Herron loves family values, why’d he vote to allow taxpayer-funded abortions? And if Roy Herron’s a country boy, why’s he spent the last quarter-century in Nashville toeing the liberal line?"
* “The Senate voted 19-14 to put a sliding-scale tax on car tags next year with the amount based on the age of the car. That tax would convert to a 1 percent tax on the car's value beginning Jan. 1, 2003. That measure, paired with a half-percent increase in the state's excise tax on business, was estimated to bring in $300 million this year, $392 million next year…Here is how West Tennessee senators voted on the car tax and excise tax increase: FOR: Sens. Bobby Carter (R-Jackson), Roscoe Dixon (D-Memphis), Roy Herron (D-Dresden), Mark Norris (R-Collierville), Curtis Person (R-Memphis) and John Wilder (D-Somerville). AGAINST: Sens. Steve Cohen (D-Memphis), John Ford (D-Memphis), Jim Kyle (D-Memphis).” (Paula Wade and Richard Locker, “Legislators adopt dueling tax plans,” Memphis Commercial Appeal, 7/11/01)