Whereas many political fundraisers provide the attendees with a few cheese cubes and crummy donated wine in a drab banquet hall, the one three local couples had for Tim Burchett last week was over-the-top fun!
I guess it should have been, with the $1,000 per couple price tag and all. But it did not disappoint.
Held at the beautiful lakeside home of Steve and Becky South in the tony Harrison Keepe neighborhood, the cocktail party featured live music, a sumptuous buffet and a full bar. Speeches were kept to a minimum, and everyone enjoyed the camaraderie and the lovely spring evening on the patio.
The best part? The event raised over $90,000. In addition to the Souths, the other hosts were Greg and Melissa Isaacs and Teddy and Christy Phillips.
Republican Burchett, a former state representative, state senator and two-term mayor, concentrated his remarks around three issues:
Health care: “Health care in this country is a disaster, plain and simple,” he said. “It’s time for Congress to follow through and enact commonsense free-market policies.”
Veterans: “Veterans make up 1 percent of our population, but we owe them 100 percent of our freedoms,” he said.
Energy independence: “Energy is an economic issue, a jobs issue and a national security issue,” he said. “Instead of sending billions of dollars overseas to our enemies, let’s invest in domestic resources like Oak Ridge National Laboratory right here in our backyard. Let’s lift the restrictions on offshore drilling so Americans can enjoy the jobs and the energy right here at home.”
Be sure to vote. The Republican primary is Aug. 2.