When asked what policy would most benefit the citizens of east Tennessee and help put the Volunteer State back to work, one state Senate candidate had a simple answer: impeach Barack Obama.
The Knoxville News Sentinel gave the three women seeking the Republican nomination a questionnaire asking if they could be guaranteed of passing just one law, what would they choose? Victoria DeFreese, a 37-year-old teacher and former Knox County Commissioner, responded:
Because the federal government manages the macro-economy and that impacts all states, if I could introduce one piece of legislation that would be ensured passage, I would suggest a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Obama. If we could join with other states and pursue that, that is what I would like to do.
DeFreese is seeking Tennessee’s 6th district state Senate seat being vacated by Jamie Woodson, who has served in the Senate since 2005 and is presently Speaker Pro Tem. Republican voters will weigh in today on the decision.
A lifelong educator who is certified as a “highly qualified” teacher with the State of Tennessee, DeFreese says she chose to homeschool her four children based on the advice of Dr. James Dobson. As a supporter of educational choice, she favors taxpayer funding of some private schools, saying “it would be a good move to allow tax dollars to follow the parents’ choice.” She opposes the No Child Left Behind Act.
DeFreese is an across-the-board conservative who has called for punitive measures against the employers of illegal immigrants, cutting spending and regulation, and upholding states’ rights in light of new “unconstitutional health care plans from the Obama Administration.” She opposes eminent domain, supports the direct election of judges, and has expressed “100 percent support” for the Second Amendment. She alone of the three candidates supports a student’s right to keep and bear arms on Tennessee’s college campuses. DeFreese also boasts a 100 percent pro-life record.
In Tennessee, as everywhere else in the country, jobs are the top issue on voters’ minds. She would encourage growth through fiscally responsible conservative policies, rather than crony capitalism:
I believe that offering incentives to big corporations, tax incentives, to create jobs is a mirage. Even if you were to reduce [a company's] taxes to zero, it does not mean more jobs will be created unless there is already a need for those jobs to be created. We should focus on making Tennessee attractive for businesses to be here. This is already an attractive state because we have no income tax.
Her GOP primary opponents include Marilyn Roddy, who served on the Knoxville City Council, and Becky Duncan Massey, the sister of U.S. Rep. John Duncan Jr. Massey has an enormous lead in fundraising, accumulating a greater war chest than both her opponents combined. On September 20, the Massey campaign had $87,672.49 on hand; Roddy reported $10,415.30 in her coffers; and DeFreese had a balance of $1,270. The DeFreese campaign attracted only two donations of more than $1,000; Roddy had 45 such donations, and Massey amassed more than 60.
Below is a video of a previous panel discussion the three candidates had with WBIR-10 TV:
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Here DeFreese deftly handles a more confrontational interviewer on Tennessee This Week: