This is one of the more interesting videos from James O’Keefe.
He has someone on the inside of Phil Bredesen’s campaign who got his campaign staffers on record admitting that his support for Kavanaugh was only a political move to win moderate Democrats, but in reality it wouldn’t have supported Kavanaugh.
Bredesen is running against Marsha Blackburn.
Watch the video:
Maria Amalla and Will Stewart, staffers in Bredesen’s campaign, both say on hidden camera that if he were in the Senate, Bredesen would not actually have voted to confirm then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh. They explained that the statement Bredesen issued in support of Kavanaugh was a political ploy to gain the support of moderate voters in Tennessee.
JOURNALIST: “Like he wouldn’t really vote yes [for Kavanaugh,] would he?
AMALLA: “No, it’s a political move… He thinks that like we’re down like half a point right now. It’s like really close and we’re losing by a point or two. So he thinks that if like by saying this he’s appealing to more moderate republicans and he’ll get more of them to vote for us.”
JOURNALIST: “I was so confused because I just can’t believe he would actually vote [for Kavanaugh.]
STEWART: “He wouldn’t. But he’s saying he would… Which I don’t know if it makes it worse or better. No, it makes it better… “
When asked to clarify that Bredesen is only saying he’d vote for Kavanaugh to “get the Republican vote,” Amalla, a field organizer for Bredesen’s campaign, affirmed, “Yes.” Amalla reiterated, “[Bredesen] thought that like by coming out in support [of Justice Kavanaugh] that it would get more republicans on his side. He wasn’t doing as well in the rural parts.”
In multiple conversations, Bredesen staffers admitted that Bredesen does not want to fully communicate his connection to the national leadership of the Democratic party. Stewart and a colleague on the Bredesen campaign, Drew Marshall say:
MARSHALL: “We would scare all the people who would vote for Phil Bredesen, but not [Senate Democratic Leader] Chuck Schumer.”
STEWART: “Yeah, exactly, because there’s a lot of republicans who are going to vote for [Bredesen…]”
STEWART: “Yeah. And that’s how they’re messaging against us… that he’s gonna be a ‘toe the line’ democrat voter… Because there are people who loved him as Governor but won’t vote for a democrat for national office.”
Stewart reiterated the Bredesen Campaign’s commitment to appearing moderate for the election, “we’re trying to make it so it’s not about democrats.” Stewart makes clear Bredesen’s messaging is purely for political optics, saying:
STEWART: “Between you and me once Phil actually gets into the Senate, he’ll be a good Democrat.”
I’m sure Marsha Blackburn is quite pleased to see all of this come out. She hasn’t responded to it yet that I can tell, but I’m sure once it hits big in Tennessee she’ll make sure voters know about it.