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In 2006, Nikki Tinker refused to say where she stood on any actual issues in the congressional primary, instead allowing surrogates to attack Steve Cohen for (a) not being black and (b) ridiculous misinterpretations of bills he voted for.

And in 2007, she still refuses to speak out on the issues, deigning to do the attack work for herself only when Steve Cohen accurately points out the game she’s playing.

From the city’s best newspaper:

“Rep. Cohen is playing the worse [sic] kind of politics and attempting to lay his failure to have a positive and constructive dialogue with the constituents at my feet — and his accusations are pure fiction. I am not going to play the politics of divide and conquer with Rep. Cohen — my values simply will not allow it.”

She says a lot in that brief statement.  She tells us she doesn’t like having her hand tipped— She wants her surrogates to Swift Boat Steve Cohen, but she doesn’t like being pointed out as the George W. Bush of Memphis politics, thus benefiting from their attacks.

Note what she doesn’t say— She doesn’t say where she stands on this issue.  She doesn’t say how she would vote on a bill that allowed for the use of federal resources in investigating hate crimes.

According to the FBI, 53.9% of hate crimes in 2004 were committed because of racial bias, with an astounding 67.5% of the victims being black.  Bias based on sexual orientation made up just 15.6% of the hate crimes.

Almost three and a half times as many hate crimes are committed against blacks as against homosexuals— Yet Nikki Tinker’s surrogates oppose a law that allows federal resources to be used in the investigation of those crimes?

As I’ve said before, reading the bill tells you what you need to know about it.   There is nothing in the language of the bill that says that you cannot preach against homosexuality.  All that you cannot do is all that you could not do before— You cannot stand in the pulpit and encourage violence against gays.  You couldn’t do that before this bill either, as it’s illegal to incite violence against another human being.

And let’s be perfectly honest here— If you stand at the pulpit and encourage violence against another human being, you’re not exactly a man of God.  He has a place for people that fan the flames of hate and encourage violence against others, and I would forget about getting an iced tea down there.


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The Memphis Flyer brought us this article from Roll Call yesterday about opposition to Steve Cohen forming up for 2008. The most striking thing about it— Most of the old familiar faces are back, and they’re still not any more creative than they were during last year’s primary.

Ron Redwing claims that that several black community, business and religious leaders had reached out to him about the 2008 race and that he is “keeping his options open.” Why they would do this— No one has any idea. His 2006 campaign consisted of telling voters “Pick me or the white guy gets the seat”.

Ed Stanton is back in. No word yet on whether or not’s “Throw the Jew Down the Well” will be his campaign theme again.

Julian Bolton, who insisted that Steve Cohen was trying to join the Congressional Black Caucus not because he represents a majority black district, but so he can “send money to Israel“, plans on taking the lackluster leadership he brought to the county commission to the House of Representatives.

Nikki Tinker’s old traditions die hard. The woman who ran for over a year but thought “I’m not prepared to talk about the issues at this time” was an acceptable answer for most of the campaign has no official comment for The Hill. However, LaSimba Gray says she’s running, and Ramona Oliver from Emily’s List (Who sent out a slanderous piece of campaign literature on Tinker’s behalf last year) has said that Tinker told them she’s running again. All bloggers should brace themselves for yet another round of semiliterate rants from the Tinker Trolls.

***UPDATE*** 2006 Republican congressional candidate Tom Guleff has a great take on Tinker that should be seen by all. Click here to read it.

And dear god, Jake Ford has said he’s running again. No word yet on whether or not he has the guts to run a primary this time. Word through the grapevine is that Harold Ford Sr. considers Nikki Tinker to be the official “Ford Party” candidate, so it’s unclear who will tie Jake’s shoes next year.

Ironically, the only people that aren’t talking about running again are the candidates that behaved honorably last year. Joe Ford Jr., who endorsed the Democratic nominee after the primary, will not be running again. Tyson Pratcher announced that he will be endorsing Cohen. Lee Harris, who ran one of the most honorable campaigns I’ve ever seen, isn’t even mentioned in the article.

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