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Rep. Jim Cooper sold his vote while playing coy with district TN-05’s voters when after the fact facts tell a different story.

TN-05 and other districts nearby recently experienced a historic natural disaster. Cooper’s answer is to find a scapegoat and publicize it.

I had started a series to highlight five candidates for this district Out of the five planned two are done and only two will be done because the remaining candidates have either declined or ignored the series of questions I asked for article content. Hartline’s profile is here.

Both had good answers to the series of questions, but Hartline has the advantage: Activity and raising money, both of which are going to be necessary to challenging an incumbent in a district that isn’t on the radar with political pundits.

NASHVILLE – Congressional candidate Jeff Hartline of Mount Juliet is raising record contributions for his campaign to unseat incumbent Congressman Jim Cooper. First quarter financial disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission show that, of the several candidates for the Fifth District Republican nomination, only Hartline raised
significant sums of money from individual contributors.

Hartline raised almost $45,000 during the first quarter – more than any Republican has ever raised to run against Cooper in the 5th district – with all of his contributions coming from individual donors. None came from political action committees and none came from Hartline’s personal funds. Hartline is the only candidate for the Republican nomination who raised a significant amount of money from individual donors.

In addition to his money raising fetes with individual donors, Mr. Hartline has Nashville business owners pledging $500,000+ to his campaign. In politics, November is a lifetime away but one believes Hartline has what it takes to send the message to the beltway that Washington, D.C. works for us, not the other way around.

E Pluribus Unum once predicted an 80 seat pickup for Congress. Given the anti-incumbent sentiment in the country with a deaf Congress that passes massive spending bills under the guise of reform and against the will of the people, it is possible that districts once considered safe are endangered. WV’s Alan Mollohan, a 28 year incumbent was defeated in primary, as was Arlen Specter and other incumbents such as Barbara Boxer find themselves in tough primary fights.

It’s time for some unexpected upsets. There are sites focusing on some crucial races including RedState and 73wire. Let’s not forget those districts that aren’t being considered in the push for conservative candidates. Cooper is entrenched and has a long political career with district hopping representing TN-04 from 1982-1994 before moving to Nashville and becoming a Congressional Representative once again since 2002.

Hartline is conservative. He is also a man after my own heart with his love and faith in the people of Tennessee. I don’t believe we can ask for a better representative for Tennessee’s 5th district.

He deserves our support and TN-05 deserves better than Cooper. Check him out and donate if you feel so inclined.

Crossposted to Redstate

7 Responses to Jeff Hartline Has a Chance Unseating Jim Cooper

  • Eric Pearson says:

    As a Democrat, I’m extremely dissatisfied Jim Cooper, Most Democrats in the 5th district already know their pleas to Jim Cooper are only being answered by repeated insult and injury.

    To all intents and purposes Jim Cooper with our other elected representatives within the National Democratic Party are no longer following in the time-honored footsteps laid down by the founding fathers of our great Nation. In fact, we as democrats see Jim Cooper and our elected representatives within the Democratic Party abandoning the principles and values as set forth within the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

    Without doubt a large majority of our Democratic Party representatives in Washington are tainted by corruption, and the liberals among us are supporting the ideologies of progressives with their agendas based on moving our Nation deeper into a socialist form of government. This is a real threat to everything we hold sacred in America, and they are gaining evermore control over our Democratic Party, our Nation, and the American people.

    Meanwhile our middle-class families are looking for more than empty promises. They want to go back to work. And they want our Democratic Party representatives who run Washington to stop pursuing a big government, big spending agenda that includes a government takeover of health care, stimulus bills, a new national energy tax and taxpayer-funded bailouts.

    Looking back, most voters still consider the bailouts of both the finance and auto industries to be a bad idea. By a 2-to-1 margin, voters believe the bailouts hurt the economy in the long run.

    In spite of everything Jim Cooper and the other Democratic Party representatives in Washington will borrow $1.6 trillion this year, or about $15,000 for every household in the country. Over the next 10 years our federal government is expected to borrow an additional $8.5 trillion, and this is on top of the 13 trillion we currently owe. These figures are beyond being enormous, especially since we already pay one in seven dollars in interest.

    In closing, please remember too many of us do not vote in our state primary elections, and this is the principal reason why we don’t have patriotic and honorable candidates being elected into government office.

    Thank you, and God bless our Republic of the United States of America.

    Eric Pearson, Democratic Party candidate for US Congress in the 5th district, Tennessee

  • Ned Didry says:

    Jeff Hartline also has “a chance of” being the most faithful water-carrier for the health care industry they ever bought.

  • Eric Pearson says:

    I believe many of us have become complacent with Jim Cooper our Congressman. For instance, many of us have grow accustomed to the norm of having politicians like Jim Cooper working for the lobbyist and self interest groups, but not for the best interest of We the People here at home.

    As patriotic Americans we must remember it hasn’t always been this way. Before Jim Cooper, we within the 5th district of Tennessee had elected many great statesmen to represent us within the U.S. Congress.

    As you may already know, I’m one of the candidates running against Jim Cooper. However this doesn’t necessarily mean you need to elect me to the U.S. Congress in order to fix this injustice. What is most important here is we need to replace Jim Cooper with someone that will live up to the words of being “our representative” in Congress.

    Thank you, and God bless the Republic of the United States of America.

    Eric Pearson, Democratic Party candidate for US Congress in the 5th district, Tennessee.

  • Eric Pearson says:


    My name is Eric Pearson, and I called and talked to the press secretary for Congressman Jim Cooper in Washington, DC. I asked him if any of the below information was incorrect, for I didn’t want any incorrect information on my web site about Congressman Jim Cooper. He then looked at the web site while I waited on the phone, and then said he would call me back if anything needed be corrected. To date, I have not received a return phone call.

    Below is a sample of information posted:

    Jim Cooper has refused to support the “Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007,” which would make “significant changes to provisions of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 by restoring the writ of habeas corpus for individuals held under U.S. jurisdiction, narrowing the definition of an unlawful enemy combatant, preventing the use of evidence gained through torture and coercion, and requiring the U.S. to abide to its Geneva Convention obligations.” More importantly, Jim Cooper has declined to sign onto legislation that requires the U.S. to live up to the Geneva Conventions.

    Jim Cooper has refused to support efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Iraq.

    Jim Cooper supports continuing the U.S. aggression in Iraq, he is against insisting on Congressional oversight of the war effort, and wants to give the NSA a pass to go around the FISA Courts.

    Jim Cooper refused to support legislation that would hold mercenaries (a/k/a “contractors”) to the same standards of conduct expected of American soldiers.
    Jim Cooper has refused to push for a ban on cluster bombs used in the vicinity of civilians.

    Jim Cooper has refused to support legislation that would ban the so-called “outsourcing” of torture.
    Jim Cooper has refused to sign onto legislation that would investigate and probably reign in WHINSEC, the U.S. government’s notorious training school for torturers and terrorists.

    Jim Cooper isn’t interested in repealing the so-called “Real ID” act. In case you have not heard, “Real ID” was slipped through into law without debate a few years ago. It gives states a very expensive unfunded mandate to create a national ID card, and many privacy experts see the database it is supposed to create as an invitation to snooping and identity theft.

    Jim Cooper has failed to achieve a leadership position within the U.S. House of Representatives over the past six years in office.

    Jim Cooper voted for the $825 billion economic stimulus package without reading it first.

    Jim Cooper refused to have hometown meetings with the citizens of his community on the issue of Health Care.


    Here are the industries that have donated to Jim Cooper’s campaigns, according to

    $651,803 Lawyers/Law Firms
    $502,323 Securities & Investment
    $216,255 Real Estate
    $197,306 Retired
    $184,759 INSURANCE
    $128,930 Misc Finance
    $125,398 MISC HEALTH
    $112,050 Commercial Banks
    $107,696 Accountants
    $105,107 Education

    That totals up to almost $1 million for Jim Cooper from health care special interests!

    Thank you, and God bless the Republic of the United States of America.

    Eric Pearson, Democratic Party candidate for US Congress in the 5th district, Tennessee.

  • StephC says:

    Mr. Pearson,

    With all due respect, I don’t believe you. It has been my experience that Democrats LIE and say anything to get elected and then keep on doing the Pelosi dance to her tune. An example of this would be the special election in NY23, where the Republican withdrew, then endorsed the Democrat who promised not to support the health care bill and then once elected… DID.

    You’re going to have to do better than “say anything” to convince me there is such a thing as a True Blue Dog Democrat. From where I’m sitting there is no such thing.

  • Holly says:

    The ONLY candidate running that is honest , doesnt tuck tail and leave his business partners with a mess to clean up and he doesnt have the health care industry to pay homage to either

    Lonnie Spivak is the GOP candidate that can Upseat Cooper and help clean up DC


  • StephC says:

    You may think so. Mr. Spivak is an alright guy. Honestly, he is.

    However, the realities are that Spivak has $0 for campaigning and the realities of politics and elections dictate that regardless of his heart and principles, it takes more than those to win. Hartline has the same heart and principles… and the money to get the message about his heart principles out to the people.

    I had the same problem with such excellent candidates from which to choose, including one Patrick Miranda. All three candidates mentioned all have the same purpose of restoring us to a Constitutional Republic.

    However, Hartline is more effective at getting that message out. How can one win an election if the message is let within a tiny segment of the population

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