Karl Dean for Governor Releases Two TV Ads Focused on Different Style of Leadership
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 6, 2018) — The Karl Dean for Governor campaign began airing two new television ads today that continue to make the case for Dean’s strong advantage against his opponent with significant leadership experience and his pragmatic, common-sense style with two months to go until Election Day.
“What Kind,” which is airing in the Memphis market, is narrated by Memphis Pastor Linwood Dillard Jr. of Citadel of Deliverance Church of God in Christ (COGIC). The ad highlights the modest, get-it-done approach Dean took as Nashville’s mayor from 2007 to 2015 and previously as Davidson County’s public defender, a post to which he was elected three times.
“What kind of lawyer chooses to work for those who have no money to defend themselves?” Pastor Dillard says in the 30-second spot. “What kind of mayor lifts a city from the Great Flood but gives the credit to others? What kind of leader recruits major companies to his city and still rode the bus to work? One who would rather listen than talk — and then leads with ideas, strength and decency. That’s the kind of governor we can have.”
The other ad, “Again,” is running in Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee. Narrated by Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Emmylou Harris, it points to Tennessee’s strong leadership by its last two governors, who are also former mayors: Democrat Phil Bredesen and Republican Bill Haslam.
“What makes a good governor?” Harris says. “Because Tennessee has had some good ones. They’re usually successful mayors, and modest, but with records of transforming their cities — like this mayor. He led Nashville through the Great Recession and the Great Flood, helping create over 70,000 jobs. Far from flashy, shy even, but he knows how to lead. We can elect a great governor — again.”
Dean’s television ads continue to support his commitment to keeping his campaign focused on the issues that matter most to Tennesseans. Dean has held five town square events across the state since the Democratic primary. He also has accepted invitations to more than 20 debates and forums during the general election campaign and looks forward to the three that have been scheduled while hoping more are still possible.
“Karl Dean is one of the most humble people you’ll ever meet, but the longer you know him, the more you see his determination to bring people together and find solutions that make a difference,” said Courtney Wheeler, Dean’s campaign manager. “The same kind of management that carried Nashville out of two crises will benefit our entire state.”