Bredesen Misled Voters on Sexual Harassment Facts at Second Debate

Oct 12, 2018 -- In the second U.S. Senate debate, Democrat Phil Bredesen continued to mislead voters on the facts, as highlighted by a new video from the Tennessee Republican Party.


Bredesen claims there was just one "individual" where the investigation notes were shredded. But there were at least three high profile cases in which a member of his administration was named. 

  • Mack Cooper, top lobbyist
    • (Brad Schrade, "Investigator Shreds Notes in Bredesen Aide's Demotion," The Tennessean5/12/05) 
  • Quenton White, State Correction Commissioner
    • (Brad Schrade and Christian Bottorff, “Prison Chief Quits Amid Scrutiny,” The Tennessean, 7/14/05)
  • Dave Hensley, fundraiser and state employee
    • (Brad Schrade, “Wife Kept Deputy Governor In Touch; He Remained A Channel For Promotion Requests,” The Tennessean, 2/26/06)

Bredesen claims that the individual (presumably Cooper) was "gone the next day," but neglects to say he considered rehiring Cooper shortly thereafter and that Cooper was later hired by the Tennessee Regulatory Authority during Bredesen's administration.

  • (Theo Emery, "TRA Hires Demoted Bredesen Lobbyist," The Tennessean, 8/14/08) 

"Phil Bredesen needs to come clean on his shady record covering up sexual harassment and stop misleading voters," said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden. "He has routinely disparaged the contemporaneous reporting by the Associated Press and The Tennessean, and he needs to be held accountable."