Donn Janes TN D8 Debate

A press release from the Donn Janes campaign …

For Immediate Release: September 30, 2010

Brighton, TN

Donn Janes has accepted the invitation to debate the other candidates in the running for the Congressional seat being vacated by retiring Congressman John Tanner. Lane College will be hosting this debate for all the candidates of the 8th Congressional District at 7 p.m. October 21st in the Chambers-McClure Academic Center Auditorium. As noted in the Jackson Sun today, the only candidate not accepting the invitation so far is Stephen Fincher. According to the Republican nominee’s campaign staff, Mr. Fincher refuses to debate his opponents due to allegations of wrong doing made against him by Senator Herron. Mr. Fincher failed to properly fill out his financial disclosure paperwork and Democrat Senator Herron has pounded him relentlessly because of it.

Donn Janes commented on Fincher’s reluctance to debate the other candidates: “This whole hiding from the media issue with Stephen Fincher is playing politics not rising above it. This is an open seat race and the voters are entitled to see how all the candidates measure up side by side.” Donn continued, “All of the candidates must get into the debate so we can lay out our stances on important issues for the voters. Come on Stephen, its time to rise above politics.”

Jim Tomasik

We don’t need Fincher to have a congressional campaign in District 8. You have one Democrat, Herron and one Republican, Janes running so why worry about ‘soft hands’ Fincher?

Bloggers Beware

I’ve been operating the Blue Collar Republican website since 2006 and during that time the other authors and I have offended many people who simply did not like what we had to say. However, we have always striven to be fair and honest with our reporting, making corrections to posts when when we found them to be factually inaccurate or in the realm of a personal assault on anyone. I had one local state representative who actually retained a lawyer and after several phone consultations with him I eagerly awaited a day in court. The individual himself then called me and in tears explained how the post had the potential of affecting his main job (school teacher) and as a result I pulled the post. It is not our goal to personally injure anyone, so I took the heat and snide remarks from other bloggers because I pulled it without explanation.

In February of this year, there was an incident in Philadelphia on my news feeds which I did a commentary on, entitled “Why I Don’t Fly”. The original post (if it still is online) can be found at the original BCR site and is archived as a page here. The post quoted in accordance with fair use a news item from which has since been removed. The only reference which can be found on their site now is one with these comments.

One other case has particular relevance – that of Nadine Pellegrino, a Florida businesswoman jailed for 17 hours after she objected to a screening by TSA workers who say she assaulted them.

Once Municipal Judge Thomas F. Gehret heard that the TSA had erased the tape of Pellegrino, he threw out the charges against her because she’d been denied the best evidence. Her record has been expunged.

In that case, airport security manager Renee Tufts testified that the electronic memory required to keep all tapes was not within the city’s budget.

Several weeks ago, Ms. Pellegrino contacted me via email with this accusation in regards to my post.

In performing a google search I found false and slanderous info about me in the description of a link to your website that can be referenced at – Cached. The Google search starts with “ Just Because Iit Pisses Me Off <<Blue Collar Republican …..she was arrested on felony counts of assault because her bags touched TSA workers and had called them bitches.

I wrote back to Ms. Pellegrino explaining that the post was a commentary on a news article and the subject of the rant was the TSA and the judges opinion, not her. She responded back demanding I take the post down. I explained that I do not take down posts, but would be happy to post any clarification that she felt needed to be added. If the news item was in error, then shame on them and that in itself is a story worth pursuing further. I also explained that only her last name was used in the quote, not her full name.

Ultimately, the woman has been bugging me for weeks with threats and demanding I take the post down. When I refused she contacted our hosting service, ipowerweb and they sent me a nice little note.

We have been advised by a visitor to your web site ( that such web site contains content that is alleged to be untrue, offensive, slanderous, harassing or controversial in nature.

Well, first of all the key word is alleged. It is based on a news story and the facts are open to debate (something of a ‘he said, she said’), but I think the balance of the dispute is in the post (both sides of the story). Second of all,

Accordingly, please remove such content within 48 hours of this notice. Failure to delete such content within such period will result in termination of your website.

Okay, we are a political blog, so just about everything on our site is going to be “offensive” or “controversial” to someone. So I informed ipowerweb that their service did not meet our requirements. After 4 years with ipowerweb, the service of the host has degraded to the point where people have a hard time getting on the site. We have gone from a peak of 10,000 visitors a day down to less than a 100 over the past few years because of hosting problems. I’ve just put off moving because I did not want to lose our archives, but now I have some additional motivation.

Back to the subject at hand. Free Republic has more on the original story and Ms. Pellegrino’s lawsuit against the TSA (in the comment section). Contrary to Ms. Pellegrino’s claim, she was not found ‘not guilty’. The charges were dismissed because the TSA could not produce the video from the airport of the incident. She was non-the-less arrested and charged, so nothing in the post is false, just differing versions of what was said between her and the TSA workers.

So, I’m moving us to a new home (long overdue) in preparation for a nice little legal fight. This is my opinion, and strictly my opinion only (still America and I can have one). Based on the email exchanges I’ve had with Ms. Pellegrino, the woman is unbalanced. I have no desire for a fight, but I won’t run away from one either. Again, if there is anything factually wrong in our reporting, I will be happy to add a correction to the original post.

Liberal MSM cry’s Fowl: Tells Conservative Candidate Donn Janes to “Call off the Dogs!”

Congressional Candidate and conservative stalwart Donn Janes has been in a tug –of-war with Memphis based WREG-TV Channel 3’s political director, Bob Noonan. Mr. Noonan tried to organize a debate between the liberal Democrat nominee, Roy Herron, and the Liberal party switching Republican nominee, Stephen Fincher. Both Herron and Fincher have been tied to supporting theDemocratic Party agenda during Al Gore’s 2000 Presidential run. Noonan deliberately excluded Janes from the debate in an effort to give cover to RINO Fincher’s liberal stances on Social Security reform, tax and entitlement reforms, and wealth redistribution.

Local TEA Party activists have been calling Bob Noonan’s direct phone line asking that Donn Janes be included in this debate. Fincher has since cowered over the prospects of debating a tested conservative and now refuses to debate anyone. Herron has agreed to spar with Janes in a media covered debate but Noonan still refuses. Is it the place of the media to decide who should represent the voice of TEA Party activist in this area?

Janes posted a note on FaceBook on Thursday that set off a small firestorm of calls to Noonan. This was followed by a press release by Mid South TEA Party:

“…Mid South TEA Party respectfully requests WREG-TV, Memphis, Tennessee, to include Mr. Janes and proceed with the debate in Dyersburg as planned. This debate should take place regardless of whether Stephen Fincher participates or not. His being there is not inevitably necessary for a good debate between the candidates.”

Another local and very liberal political news outlet known as the Memphis Flyer sensed blood in the water and picked up on the story. While noting Herron’s attacks on Fincher’s accountability, The Flyer addresses Republican activists, who were not happy with Fincher being the standard bearer, seem to be breaking ranks.

“During the Republican primary, when 8th District GOP rivals Ron Kirkland and George Flinn took part in a debate organized by the Bartlett Civic Organization, but Fincher did not, a fact which angered Mid-South Tea Party members. The group subsequently picketed Fincher at one of his own campaign appearances.

Adding his own criticism of Fincher this week was Jeff Ward of Tipton County, former head of the influential TeamGOP organization, a grass-roots Republican group, and currently organizing a successor organization, Planet GOP.

“We’ve never before been cowards”

Ward, at the moment an active supporter of legislative candidate Jim Harden, a Republican running against Democrat Jimmy Naifeh, the former state House Speaker, said, “We Tennessee Republicans have made mistakes in the past, and we haven’t always been brilliant, but we’ve never before been cowards. Fincher needs to debate. The people will demand it. Hiding ain’t the way we do business in Tennessee.”

Mr. Ward is not the first hardcore Republican to sound the alarm over Fincher entering the Republican Primary. Chief contributing editor to this site BlueCollarRepublican, political blogger John Farmer won the Republican nomination for the same district in 2006 running against the candidate Mr. Ward was supporting. These two men do not agree on much except that Stephen Fincher does not measure up.

Farmer said, “There’s a snake in the grass. We have two democrats running in this general election. Neither has the guts to talk about it but at least Roy Herron will have “D” beside his name on the ballot. Stephen Fincher may be on the ballot with an “R” by his name but true conservatives know he is really an AL Gore supporting democrat in sheep’s clothing.

The fact is that a few good ole boys found a know nothing puppet candidate in Fincher that would allow them to expand their influence to DC. The true conservative with principles, Donn Janes, was in this race as a republican from early on. Fincher has outright lied saying he was the first one to stand up to Tanner. Janes was out there long before Fincher and Janes was doing things the right way. The good ole boys brushed Janes aside to promote Fincher. They called Janes and asked him to drop out of the primary. So he did. They did not expect him to run as an independent though! He was playing by the rules and they changed the rules on him. At first, I was really mad at Janes for dropping out of the primary but now I think maybe he did the right thing. Janes is not playing by the good ole boy rules now.”

Under pressure, Friday evening, Noonan called Janes and asked him to “Call off the dogs!” without budging on his position. TEA Party Activist Lynn Moss sees it a different way:

“At this point, it is out of Donn Janes hands and in the hands of TEA Party activists to either stand down at the request of a single liberal journalist or stand up and fight for a conservative voice in West Tennessee. For the MSM, it’s a win either way if Janes is shut out. We intend to raise a little cane here.”

Tea Partiers are encouraged to take action. Please call all these WREG numbers, twitter, and FaceBook WREG-TV insisting that the debate move forward between Janes and Herron.
Main number – (901) 543-2333 ask for General Manager Ron Walter

News tip dial (901) 543-2111

Political Director Bob Noonan (901) 543-2112

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