Race In Tennessee District 50 Gets Nasty With Negative Ads
by Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Election day is three weeks away and the race for the district 50 seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives has taken a negative tone.
"It gets a point in time where you just can't let things go unanswered," said Bo Mitchell, the democratic candidate.
Mitchell claimed his opponent Charles Williamson was the first to take the race in a negative direction and that his campaign was focused on the issues.
"The economy, creating jobs, educating our children in this state, that's what I'm going to continue to rely upon. But if attacked we will respond," according to Mitchell.
Mitchell has a new television commercial that depicts the controversy surrounding Williamson's residency with in district 50.
The democrat has also started a web site called cheatincharlie.com that he said lays out the information voters need to know about his opponent.
"We're doing what we need to do to win this race," Mitchell said.
The executive director of the Tennessee Republican Party agreed with Mitchell.
"You know it's unfortunate that candidates like Bo Mitchell, when they don't have a record to run on, have to resort to personal, negative attacks from his own campaign," said Adam Nickas.
Republicans think their democratic counterparts have a lot to lose in this election so they are pulling out all the stops to keep the district 50 seat.
"Davidson County is the last stand for Tennessee democrats. They've lost seats all across the state so they're going to do everything and anything they can out of desperation to try and hand onto their Davidson County seats," Nickas said.
Williamson released a statement Monday night in response to questions about the tone the race.
a shame that my opponent has decided to go negative in such a big way. It's sad
that politics has come to this. Our youth do not remember a day when it was
considered HONORABLE to serve in public office. If I win this race, it will be
with the support of good, honest people in response to a POSITIVE campaign
focused on issues. I will not do to another man what nasty campaigners choose
to do to others." Williamson wrote.