Friday, September 30, 2011

Don't buy at Beaman

From today's Tennessean...

Presidential hopeful Rick Perry comes to town, raises cash
Posted on September 29, 2011 by Michael Cass

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, one of the front-runners for the Republican presidential nomination, spent time in Tennessee this week, including a fund raiser in Nashville on Wednesday.

Lee Beaman, CEO of Beaman Automotive, hosted the 90-minute fund raiser, which was closed to the press, at his Oak Hill home. Beaman said “probably over 200″ people attended, including Gov. Bill Haslam and House Speaker Beth Harwell, though he said they attended for reasons of political courtesy and not necessarily endorsement.

Beaman said he’s donated to several candidates, but he thinks Perry, who made a 15-to-20-minute speech inside a big tent set up in the yard, is the one to beat.

“I think he can win the Republican nomination and the general election, and I think he has the best chance to do both of those,” he said.

Beaman said he didn’t know how much money the Perry campaign raised at the event. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, the campaign’s leader in Tennessee, did not immediately respond to a request for comment; a Ramsey spokesman later said he would try to get a number.

Ramsey tweeted from the fund raiser, “Having a great time at Lee Beaman’s listening to Gov. Perry talk about how he’ll bring us out of the Obama Recession.” That remark quickly drew several retorts, like this one from


“@RonRamsey Right, you mean the “Obama Recession” that Bush started & the GOP has refused to do anything about until they win in 2012?”

Perry also visited Memphis before he came to Nashville and was in Knoxville, where he did speak to reporters, Thursday morning.

I knew Beaman donated to the GOP, but not at this level! I guess this explains why the only magazines they have in their waiting room are Newsmax.