James O'Keefe's Project Veritas Action released a covert video recording that caught campaign staffers for Tennessee Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen admitting that Bredesen seeks to validate President Trump's agenda while actually having a liberal agenda of his own. Released on Wednesday, undercover journalists working for Project Veritas recorded Bredesen campaign field organizer Will Stewart calling Tennesseans "ignorant" while saying that the candidate declared himself in support of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh only out of political expediency.
When the undercover journalist asks in the video: “So he’ll lose voters if he says yes [to not confirming Kavanaugh?]" Stewart responds, “Oh, straight up, yeah." When the Project Veritas operative asks, “Are the people of Tennessee that ignorant?" Stewart replied, “Yeah."
When the Project Veritas journalist said she was confused about whether Bredesen would actually vote for Kavanaugh, Stewart answered, "He wouldn’t. But he’s saying he would… Which I don’t know if it makes it worse or better." Stewart went on to say that the lie actually "makes it better."
Also appearing in the Project Veritas video is Bredesen staffer Maria Amalla, who says of the candidate "...it’s a political move… He thinks that like we’re down like half a point right now. It’s like really close and we’re losing by a point or two. So he thinks that if like by saying this he’s appealing to more moderate republicans and he’ll get more of them to vote for us." Appearing to disagree with the campaign’s tactics, she added, "I guess we won't know until November 6th if this was worth it."
Bredesen’s campaign staffers showed confidence that he will be a “good Democrat” once he is elected. He is running against Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn for the Senate seat.
Media in Tennessee is reporting that the election year has become “even dirtier” as a result of the video’s release. News Channel 5 of Nashville dubbed the video “misleading” and called Project Veritas a “right-wing political group.” Project Veritas is standing behind the video and has declared that the recordings were made in the Bredesen campaign offices.
According to the report, Tennessee Victory 2018 -- an adjunct of the Democratic party that is helping candidates throughout the state -- claims that none of the people featured in the Project Veritas video have never worked for Bredesen and have no practical knowledge of campaign's tactics or strategies. The organization claims that the people in the video were merely interns and volunteers.
According to News Channel 5, spokesman Mark Brown of Tennessee Victory 2018 said that the “fake volunteer” used “secret video” to capture uninformed staffers and speculation. Brown noted that the Democratic party will file a legal action against Project Veritas.
When asked further about the video, Mark Brown said, “This fake volunteer used secret video recording equipment to capture uninformed and speculative.” He added that the party was considering legal action against Project Veritas.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn's campaign stated: “Tennesseans are not ignorant, and in fact, they see through Phil Bredesen’s phony campaign tactics and now they’re seeing ‘Phony Phil’ at his worst.”