Politics is a funny business.
So, I have this fundraiser a while back, and there’s this one guy there who seems out of place. I’ve never met him before. He doesn’t appear to know anyone else either. I introduce him to people there, and generally try to help him feel at ease, but all the while, there’s this voice in my head saying, “Something’s not quite right.”
Fast forward to today, when I go out to grab a quick bite to eat at my favorite new barbecue joint, where I see him again. He looked more at ease this time. Probably because he’s surrounded by people he knows better: the staff of the Tennessee Democratic Party.
Actually, I’m flattered. Flattered that they think enough of my candidacy to invest time and energy checking me out. And I’m thankful that at least they paid to attend my event, instead of trying to sneak in and drink free beer and eat free chicken
But I’m left with some questions for Bob Tuke:
1. I have to file quarterly statements with the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance. Do I have the right name and employer in my files, or do I need to change them so that I can render an accurate report?
2. Will you be listing a campaign contribution to the Committee to Elect Bob Krumm as an expense of the Tennessee Democratic Party on your next quarterly report? I can’t wait to see that.
3. Should I address future invitations directly to you at your home or at the state Democratic Party headquarters? You’re welcome to attend–especially the fundraisers. Please bring plenty of friends to those!
But you can attend the free events, too. You see, I’m not going to tell one group one thing, while I’m telling a different group something else. So if you’re there seeing who shows up, that’s fine. But if you’re there trying to catch me in a trap, you’re wasting your time. But you’re still welcome to try.
I understand that these kinds of things happen in politics. Just a few years ago, I myself attended a campaign event hosted by an opposition candidate just to see what he might say, so I know how hard it is to blend into a crowd of opposites.
But let me just offer a piece of advice: When you’re sneaking around on someone, it’s best not to visit a restaurant they recommended, or you shouldn’t be surprised when you bump into them at lunch.