Telling her supporters that “Williamson County is vitally important” to her race for the U.S. Senate against former Gov. Phil Bredesen, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood, on Saturday morning cut the ribbon on a campaign office in south Franklin.
The office, at 100 Beta Drive, was packed with supporters, including campaign volunteers, local party officials, and local and state elected officials.
“The Democrats are energized,” she said. “We cannot let them get a toe hold.”
Earlier, Blackburn arrived to the call of Town Crier Dr. John H. Mather and applause and cheers from red-shirted volunteers. She was wearing a medical immobilizer boot after having sprained her ankle while crossing a gravel parking lot on the campaign trail. Her husband, Chuck Blackburn, walked behind her wearing a medical immobilizer arm sling following shoulder surgery.
Inside the campaign office, Rep. Sam Whitson acted as master of ceremonies. After calling forward the veterans in the crowd, Whitson credited Blackburn with saving Fort Campbell, the Army post on the Kentucky/Tennessee state line adjacent to Clarksville, from cuts under Base Realignment and Closure actions. Whitson also credited her for her battle against sex trafficking Web site backpage.com, which was shut down this past April by a joint federal task force.
After speaking to the crowd inside about the importance of electing Republicans, Blackburn came outside to cut the ribbon ceremonially opening the office, explaining the it would play a vital role in getting the vote out, along with other Blackburn offices across the state.
After the ceremony, Blackburn told reporters that her agenda in the U.S. Senate would be one of continuity: reduce the size and scope of federal government, continue to remove regulation, get the Affordable Care Act off the books, and work to get more conservative judges appointed.