Skip to comments.Exclusive: Suspicion Surrounds Candidacy of Lamar Alexander's Donor 'Friend,' Dr. George Flinn
Posted on 04/08/2014 5:05:01 AM PDT by don-o
Hi, I'm Dr. George Flinn, he says on the video, in a Superman costume.
It makes it fun for you, Flinn, a millionaire radio mogul who became wealthy through a radiology practice, explains, You say, what is he going to do next? Sometimes I dont even know what Im going to do next!
This week, what is next for Flinn is a quixotic run for senate in Tennessee, where he entered the GOP primary against incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander and state Rep. Joe Carr in the twilight hours leading up to the states filing deadline, with virtually no groundwork and no announcement.
However, dig further into Flinn's bid, and it is even more puzzling than his Superhero University video.
To start with, it is not clear that Flinn has any serious policy or political differences with Alexander, the incumbent he is supposedly running against.
I mean, were friends. I like him a lot, Flinn says in an interview. (He calls, Flinn-like, at 10:30pm on Sunday night). Flinn donated $2,000 to Alexander in 2007. He even held a furtive meeting with Alexander in Memphis days before announcing his bid against him. Flinn, Alexander's office, and others have provided various explanations for what transpired at the March 28 session.
The unusual circumstances have convinced Tea Party activists in the Volunteer State that Flinn's candidacy is a setup--that he's a spoiler candidate helping out Alexander by splitting the conservative vote. Carr, they note, has been gaining steam in recent polls--and Alexander's moderate record leaves him vulnerable.
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Jim Jeffries, Alexander's spokesman, said it was just an amiable chat about Flinn's health care policy vision.
Dr. Flinn and Sen. Alexander have known each other for a long time and they had breakfast in Memphis last Friday to discuss Dr. Flinn's ideas on health care, Jeffries said in an email on Friday.
"His top political hand--to whose firm Majority Strategies he paid tens of thousands of dollars for the losing 2010 campaign--was one Ward Baker, now the political director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee--the GOP's official campaign arm which is working to reelect Alexander."
IOW Kinda like what Fred Thompson for John McCain in 2008.
Oh, it’s not an original strategy by any means.
A small group of DC consultants, such as Ward Baker and Majority Strategies, have become a virtually closed guild of you scratch my back, Ill scratch yours favor traders who have burrowed into the fabric of the Republican National Committee and the Congressional and Senatorial Committees like parasites. This growing class of professional political consultants and self-anointed political strategists, says Viguerie, that has come to dominate the management of Republican political campaigns over the past two decades generally opts for content-free campaigns instead of campaigns based on conservative ideas and ideologynaturally they want their clients to win, but in their hands politics is all too often reduced to a business, or a game, not a clash of ideas.
“Ward Baker”—another viper crawling out of the snake pit that is the NRSC.
It’s so bizarre that Flinn would jump into the race now, and have such a feeble excuse for doing so, making it almost certain he is doing Alexander’s bidding.
These people are contemptible.
Is this Baker related to Howard ???
“Is this Baker related to Howard ???”
Good question, Nana. I don’t know if there is any relation between them (other than squishy moderate).