Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen shocked political pundits and his Democratic friends when he announced last week that, if he were in the Senate now, he would vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
But an underground video produced by James O’Keefe’s Veritas Project exposes Bredesen’s claim to be a calculated lie to boost his chance of defeating Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) in one of 2018’s most closely-watched Senate races. The winner will succeed the retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.).
Asked why Bredesen said he would support Kavanaugh, Bredesen field organizer Will Stewart told an Veritas interviewer he took for a friendly journalist that “he wouldn’t, but he’s saying he would.”
Stewart continued, saying “which, I don’t know if it makes it worse or better. No, it makes it better but it’s still …”
When a chuckling James Miller, who works on voter integrity for the Bredesen campaign, said “but isn’t that gross … that’s like the way it has to go,” Stewart added that “we don’t, we don’t say that out of these walls. But here, of course, we talk about that. Cause it’s so funny. The messaging is like, don’t talk about blue wave.”
As the three individuals involved laughed heartily, Stewart continued, saying “we’re not running against Trump. All this sort of stuff. Even that’s all why we’re all here. We can’t put it out there.”
Further on in the edited video made public by Veritas, Stewart tells the interviewer that “between you and me, once Phil actually gets into the Senate, he will be a good Democrat.”
“Between you and me, once Phil actually gets into the Senate, he will be a good Democrat.”
Asked why Bredesen would say he would support Kavanaugh knowing that to be untrue, Chandler Burdgess, who is identified only as a Bredesen staffer responded “moderate Republicans.”
Then Bredesen field organizer Maria Amalla told the interviewer “yeah, because it’s like a political move and so he’s trying to make up those points. Um, so, I don’t know like how it’s going to turn out.”
The balance of the video consists of Veritas chief O’Keefe’s commentary on the Bredesen campaign, including a TV spot in which the former governor tells viewers “Hi, I’m Phil Bredesen. You know me. Nobody’s going to tell me how to vote.”