Oct. 9, 2018 -- The Tennessee Republican Party is launching a digital ad buy across all major platforms statewide for its new ad, "Voices".
"Phil Bredesen claims to have had a 'zero tolerance' policy towards sexual harassment as governor, but the facts reported at the time show the exact opposite," said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden. "When his friends were accused of harassment, Phil ordered the investigation evidence shredded. His actions were completely inappropriate then, and his repeated false claims are insulting now."
For more background:
- Bredesen downplayed sexual harassment saying, “Anytime you mix men and women together in a work environment there's going to be issues.” (Brad Schrade, “Bredesen Imposes Secrecy On Select Harassment Cases,” The Tennessean, 7/16/05)
- As governor, Bredesen’s office shielded top aides from sexual harassment allegations. (Bonna de la Cruz, “Deputy Gov. Pulled Strings In Hushed-Up Harassment Case,” The Tennessean, 12/21/05)
- Under Bredesen’s administration, reports of sexual harassment nearly doubled. (Matt Gouras, “Sexual Harassment Reports Climb,” The Associated Press, 12/12/05)
- Bredesen’s administration shredded evidence about sexual harassment allegations involving his political appointees. (Brad Schrade, “Investigator Shreds Notes In Bredesen Aide’s Demotion,” The Tennessean, 5/12/05)
- “Records have shown that when Bredesen’s office becomes involved in a complaint, notes are shredded or not taken, or documents are not released.” (Editorial Board, “EDITORIAL: Bredesen Must Clean Up Conduct, Open Records,” The Tennessean, 7/15/05)
- Bredesen hired two individuals who oversaw the mishandling of the sexual harassment allegations to run his campaign. (Brent Scher, “Bredesen Reassembles Team That Mishandled Sexual Harassment Claims,” The Washington Free Beacon, 2/6/18)