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  • Michael Lynch, West Tennessee (2008-12)
         member, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Pat Cummins, Middle Tennessee (2004-08)
         descendant, Cherokee
  • Mark Cantrell, Middle Tennessee (2010-14)
         unknown tribal affiliation
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  • Brent A. Cox (2008-2012)
    444 Cades Atwood Road
    Milan, Tennessee 38358

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    Re: Why Ron Ramsey lost his bid for governor

    That is an easy one.
    When a politician stops listening to those who elected him, it is a sure sign that he needs to find another job.
    When a politician chooses to abandon common sense and go against what he should know is right, it is time for him to find another job.
    Ramsey was raised in Sullivan county and surely he paid a little bit of attention in school? Surely he knew the region's rich history and surely he knew that there was not in reality a mysterious, long lost tribe of Indians hiding amongst the citizenry right in his community? If this had been the reality, why had NO ONE ever heard of these folks before the magic date of **January 21st, 2006**?? ((Yes, the moose now know much more than I choose to say at this time, but I am saving all the good stuff till later!!))

    It all comes down to something Ramsey said at a committee meeting which was something to the effect "I just want to do this for my friends."
    What of the "friends" he chose to ignore? The hundreds of registered voters like myself who tried repeatedly to be the voice of reason and common sense?
    It makes one wonder, just what exactly was in the recognition issue for Mr Ramsey (and Mumpower)???

    Ramsey also showed his ability to "dupe" us. Most will remember his promise to sunset the commission which we took him at his word and likely none of us who were concerned about this issue voted in the last caucuses. After all, why participate in something which was to soon end?
    Did he know that the state groups would take over the TCIA? Looking back, it all appears quite suspicious, doesn't it?
    We even now suspect that Ramsey had some scheme cooking to get Mumpower seated in the senate, should the governor seat be secured?? Just speculation but with these guys, one simply never knows.. Why else would Mumpower mysteriously quit when he was on top in the house?

    The bottom line is that Ramsey has tainted himself with this single issue and it will not be a suprise if his future in politics is soon over. For that, he can partially thank his "friends"....
    This is one voter who will likely vote for "anyone but Ramsey" in future elections.

    Re: Why Ron Ramsey lost his bid for governor (I agree!)

    It was definitely (f) All of the above.

    (And maybe more, besides.)

    ~Dale M.

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