Project Veritas seems to have captured campaign staff for Democratic Tennessee Senate candidate Phil Bredesen admitting that the candidate lied about his support for the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to gain votes.
Bredesen made waves when he announced that he would have voted to confirm Kavanaugh even though he is a Democrat. Bredesen is in a tight Senate race against Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). The Real Clear Politics average has the two candidates separated by 2.7 points, with Blackburn having a slight lead.
The undercover video that Project Veritas Action produced shows alleged campaign staffers explaining that Bredesen is just pretending to support President Donald Trump in order to pull some moderate Republicans to his side.
Watch the video below:
BREAKING: "We don't say that out of these walls." Phil Bredesen's Staff Says He Is Lying About Kavanaugh Vote in Undercover Video. "It's a political move." #SecretsAndLies #TNSenateDebate Full report: https://t.co/F2pH0E0uIm pic.twitter.com/C2tYz4m9Uv
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) October 11, 2018
UNDERCOVER REPORTER: I think it’s important to remind yourself that, like us, that [stating he would vote for Kavanaugh] is just a political move, right?
JAMES MILLER, VOTER PROTECTION, BREDESEN CAMPAIGN: Yeah.
REPORTER: That’s the only way I can…
MILLER: But isn’t that gross?
REPORTER: It is.
MILLER: Yeah, that’s like the way it has to go.
REPORTER: I just hate that he has to, like, lie to, like, get that vote.
MILLER: I know, I know. Tell me about it. Unfortunately, that’s reality.
Another undercover reporter spoke with an alleged field staffer, Maria Amalla, who told a similar story about Bredesen’s motives in announcing his support for Kavanaugh.
REPORTER: Like, why would you say yes if you would really say no [about whether you would vote to confirm Kavanaugh]. You know?
AMALLA: Yeah, because it’s like a political move, and so he’s trying to make up those points. […] Seventy-four percent of Tennesseans wanted to see Kavanaugh confirmed. So I, like — this isn’t like, what is it, messaging or anything. But like, logically, based on those numbers and what I’ve seen is that he had already known that that gap between him and her has grown more. And so he thought that, like, by coming out in support [of confirming Kavanaugh] that it would get more Republicans on his side. He wasn’t doing as well in the rural parts. And so what he’s banking on is for people who are, like, Democrats and stuff to still come out and vote.
Alleged campaign worker Will Stewart also added:
“Yeah. We don’t say that out of these walls. But here, of course, we talk about that. Beause it’s so funny. The messaging is like, ‘Don’t talk about blue wave. We’re not running against Trump.’ All this sort of stuff. Even though that’s all why we are all here. We can’t put it out there.”
All of the footage shows alleged staffers in what appears to be a campaign office, though the Tennessee Star wasn’t able to confirm that these alleged staffers are paid employees of his campaign.
Although the alleged campaign workers have not been confirmed to be employees, many conservatives quickly condemned Bredesen’s campaign.
This is one of the most damning videos O’Keefe’s had in a while. Phil Bredesen’s campaign admits to lying for votes, supporting Kavanaugh for votes, and thinks Tennessee voters are stupid. Holy crap. Watch whole thing. https://t.co/KMhdwf5dBj
— Jon Miller (@MillerStream) October 11, 2018
"We don't say that out of these walls." Phil Bredesen's Staff Says He Is Lying About Kavanaugh Vote in Undercover Video. "It's a political move."
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 11, 2018
Watch Project Veritas Action’s full video below:
This footage could make an impact in the tight race between Bredesen and Blackburn. Voters will make the final decision on November 6.