Roy Exum: Tracy’s Idiotic Blunder

Monday, July 14, 2014 - by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of Rep. Scott DesJarlais, the repugnant Congressman from Tennessee’s 4th District, but Jim Tracy sure didn’t do himself any favors when the state senator took the Jasper physician to task for past indiscretions in a tawdry mailer that was just mass-mailed to voters. Gutter politics could get Tracy beaten when voters go to the polls on Aug. 7.

In an article that appeared in Sunday’s Chattanooga Times Free Press, writer Andy Sher reported Tracy’s camp is saying DesJarlais has “no moral ground to stand on” after the doctor made a string of embarrassing mistakes that led to a divorce 14 years ago. Two years ago DesJarlais claimed his life had been radically changed since then. “I know God has forgiven me. I simply ask my fellow Christians and constituents to consider doing the same for me.”

It should have been a story that ended there. DesJarlais has remarried and has a family that shouldn’t be subjected to such slime. Add the fact that recently it has been announced DesJarlais has cancer and will begin both radiation and chemotherapy this week. Tracy’s stance, terribly advised, makes him look like a backwoods rube from Shelbyville rather than a successful insurance agent who once delighted in officiating high school and college basketball games.

There should be no place for mud-slinging and Tracy knows better after having served four terms as a senator in the state legislature and allegedly as a Church of Christ deacon. But Tracy defended his decidedly un-Christian behavior, telling reporter Sher that dredging up DesJarlais’ misfortune “gives people a choice between him and me. Who do the people think would be most effective? And, in being the most effective, you must take everything in consideration. I definitely think it’s legitimate.”

There will be some voters who take exception to Tracy’s troubling thought pattern. DesJarlais spokesman Robert Jameson was more on point, saying, “It’s terribly disappointing that Senator Tracy chose to go this route rather than have a meaningful discussion on the issues” because, in truth, Tracy could maul DesJarlais in a fair fight.

DesJarlais sold his soul to the dirty “Big Lick” crowd of the Tennessee Walking Horse in 2012 when the Jasper physician was honored at a reception during the so-called Walking Horse Celebration as scandal swirled over the organization. Since then, DesJarlais has joined a group of Republican members of Congress who are trying desperately to undermine a current bill in Congress that will do away with the stacked hooves, the performance devices and pressure shoes that some trainers use to illegally sore the animals.

Tracy has indicated he will have no part of the seedy “Big Lick,” where it has just been announced that every judge at this year’s “Celebration” has a past history of violating the federal Horse Protection Act, a law that has been openly mocked by “Big Lick” trainers and owners since 1970. Called the PAST Act, there are now 300 members of Congress who have endorsed the legislation – leaving DesJarlais, Chuck Fleischmann and others looking like sulking numbskulls to the great majority of Tennessee’s populous.

All Tracy has to do is paint DesJarlais as an animal rights villain and forget his checkered past, as though his past history is readily known by the great majority of District 4 voters. Tracy doesn’t need to squeal the tires on that. Instead, simply illustrate DesJarlais’ shoddy performance record in Congress and cite the fact that of Tennessee’s nine members of House, only Chattanooga’s Fleischmann has a worst performance record.

Weston Wamp ought to take the same tact against Fleischmann because the incumbent’s record after four years in Washington shows he has done appallingly little to warrant anyone’s vote. That’s a fact – run with it. Wamp embarrassed Fleischmann badly in an on-air debate recently but Fleischmann was his own worst enemy, just like the day he ignored President Obama in a Chattanooga visit by telling a reporter he had to “go to work” instead. Puh-leeze.

Tracy should have known that anytime you sling mud in a political race, your grimy hands lose some of the grip on the rope. He hurt himself, no doubt, with his amateurish mailer but why throw mud when DesJarlais has provided all the political hand grenades he could hope for?

Just deal in the facts, Jim, and you’ll waltz.

royexum@aol.com



Memorial Day Remembrance

Roy Exum: The Easy Way To Win

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies


Memorial/Decoration Day officially became rooted in the American consciousness by Major General and then head of the fraternal organization of the Grand Army of the Republic Commander in Chief ... (click for more)

Within hours after the shocking news came Tuesday that a Twin Cities university was booted out of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference “because St. Thomas won too much,” some of ... (click for more)

With all due reverence and respect for Memorial Day this Monday, The Saturday Funnies knows that those who gave their lives to preserve our freedom deserve not our laughter, but our warm memories ... (click for more)


Opinion

Memorial Day Remembrance

Memorial/Decoration Day officially became rooted in the American consciousness by Major General and then head of the fraternal organization of the Grand Army of the Republic Commander in Chief John A. Logan's General Order No. 11., which publicly conveyed that, “the 30th day of May 1868 is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Easy Way To Win

Within hours after the shocking news came Tuesday that a Twin Cities university was booted out of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference “because St. Thomas won too much,” some of the talking heads in the news media put the blame squarely where it belongs. In a nation where 35 percent of the population is on some type of welfare and more than 10 million illegal immigrants ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Person Pulled From Burning Home On Airport Road Saturday Morning

A person was pulled from a burning home on Airport Road on Saturday morning. Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to 900 Airport Road Lot #92 on a residential structure fire with entrapment at approximately 9 a.m. Incident Commander Lieutenant Jack Babb reported fire and smoke showing upon arrival. Two residents had exited the structure prior to firefighters arrival, but ... (click for more)

Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department Saves Boat From Fire Saturday Afternoon

The Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department saved a million-dollar boat Saturday afternoon. A boat owner called 911 reporting a boat fire located at the Chattanooga Yacht Club at 9400 North Hickory Valley Road. The Dallas Bay VFD responded by boat and arrived on the scene reporting smoke and flames in the engine area. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire due to 900 gallons ... (click for more)

Sports

East Hamilton Boys Basketball Coach Frank Jones 'Steps Away'

Frank Jones has ridden off into the coaching sunset once again. Jones, who returned to the sideline to coach the East Hamilton boys’ team, officially confirmed what three sources at the school said earlier in the day: that he has quit as the Hurricanes’ coach after one season. “I’ve decided to step away from coaching basketball and it wasn’t an easy decision but is the best ... (click for more)

CFC Holds 45-Minute Lead Over Powerhouse Real Betis, Then Is Edged 4-3 Before 6,000 Delirious Fans

For that dreamlike amount of time, the Chattanooga Football Club held a slim 1-0 lead over La Liga giant Real Betis. Joao Costa put CFC on the board with 12 minutes gone in the match, slipping past Betis’ front line on a looping pass before smashing the ball into the back of the net. Before 6,000 raucous Chattanooga supporters, the Scenic City’s semi-pro squad appeared en-route ... (click for more)