25 Days To Go- Carl Whitaker Still In Race For Governor

As we enter the final 25 days of this campaign we wanted to make a few statements. There has been rumors which are false that we have dropped out of the race for Governor of Tennessee. That is the farthermost from the truth and we want to set the record straight that we are on the ballot November 2, 2010 and we plan to campaign and fight hard for the people of Tennessee till the very end. A fellow independent candidate took it upon himself to send out a false press release claiming we were quitting and joining him in endorsing another candidate. He did that without our consent and knowledge and has yet to issue a full retraction even though we have asked him to. The other candidate involved, Brandon Dodds contacted us and acknowledged he was sorry for the mix up as well. Bottom line is this -come November when the people decide who they want to run their state, THEN and only then we will officially say our run for Governor is over, not a second before then.

The two main candidates in the race Bill Haslam (R)  and Mike McWerter (D) were in Knoxville last night on the U.T. Campus for one of their last few debates before November 2, 2010. It was noted that only 400 people attended the debate last night in Knoxville between the two main candidates in this race. That is a real shame that two big named politicians with money, name recognition and the party backing couldn’t muster but 400 people to come hear what they have to say. Could it be people don’t care what they are saying because they are SICK of BOTH parties??? We ‘re not running a campaign based on the good old boy system of politics or the “I’m running on daddy’s name system.” We’re out here in the trenches talking to YOU the people of Tennessee daily. We’re not putting up slick ads that make it seem we’re something that we’re not. To hear people talk about Bill Haslam you’d think he shouldn’t be running for governor, but for sainthood. Let us assure the people of Tennessee that there are no saints running for office no matter how big their bank accounts. Our question is where was Mr. Haslam’s sainthood status two years ago here in Knoxville when gas prices zoomed to almost $5.00 a gallon and his family owned Pilot oil company was single handedly called on the carpet for price gouging? He’s put nearly $20 million into this campaign to promote himself. And you know, no matter whether it’s his own money, which he can do with what he pleases, it still makes one shake their head to wander how someone could spend that amount of money for signs, bumper stickers and self-promoting commercials. It’s this type of attitude that has made the Republican party such a party of disconnect with so many in 2010. The idea Republicans are coming back is only real because most of the Republicans who are running are NEW Republicans who have booted the old establishment out of power with conservative, Tea-party backed ideas.

Then you have Mike McWerter the Democrat who seems to have not even tried to reach the people of East Tennessee but is banking on people remembering his daddy Ned McWerter who was Tennessee’s governor years ago. Memo to Mike – times have changed pal and it’s not who you are that matters this coming election – it’s what you are going to do when you get into office.

Our campaign is not big. It is however full of the heart and soul that these two candidates lack. We’ve hit the ground as hard as ever talking to the people of this great state in person and listening to what they have to say. When we speak, we talk TO you about YOUR needs and concerns! Have you noticed that in all their ads both candidates talk AT us and not “TO” us? Have you noticed that  they have other people on their ads telling you how great they are and not one of them can look you in the eye and tell you WHY they really want to be Governor of the finest state in the Union? You can buy into the Republican and Democratic party line if you like. You can mock and make fun of the Independents running in this year’s race if you like. But with a double-digit unemployment rate and a federal government that is closely resembling Bejing and not Washington, can we afford to keep doing things the same way and walking down the same path?  

Being independent doesn’t mean you don’t have a brain or are not qualified to run. It means you can weigh BOTH sides of an issue and see what is best for the PEOPLE of Tennessee, not for the best interest of the party you are representing. When elected, Carl Twofeathers Whitaker WILL DO JUST THAT. He will base ALL his decisions on what is best for the PEOPLE of Tennessee of all spectrums of life, not just for the chosen few elitists the Democrat and Republican parties represent and have for so long. Tennessee, we ask you once more 25 days out of electing your next governor – ARE YOU TIRED OF THE TWO PARTY CONTROL OF YOUR STATE??




We need your financial help like never before and we appreciate your vote and support come November 2.



Carl Twofeathers Whitaker Running for Tennessee’s Governor in 2010

Carl Twofeathers Whitaker For Tennessee Governor 2010

Carl Twofeathers Whitaker For Tennessee Governor 2010

As I announce that I am running for Governor of Tennessee in 2010 I am reminded of a trip I took last winter with my campaign manager and photographer friend Chris McDonald who photographed campaign photos for me in the Great Smokey Mountains as we were beginning this process of laying the foundation for the upcoming Governor’s race. As I looked about me that day we saw some of the prettiest waterfalls in the entire world right in our own back yard of East Tennessee and it reminded me of the tremendous natural resources our great state has to offer who visit and those who live here. As I looked at those waterfalls I was reminded again as I have always been reminded as an activist for many causes that the greatest natural resource of our state was not these waterfalls but the PEOPLE who live here.

The people of Tennessee and their well-being, safety, prosperity and freedom are the reasons I am running for Governor once more. I don’t look at this task as being light or flippant but a very serious challenge but one I feel worth the work and effort for the sake of Tennessee’s most precious resource – it’s people. There are many mountains facing us as a state at the present time, especially with the national economy in such a tailspin where jobs are being lost, people are losing homes, and businesses are failing left and right. We cannot afford to keep investing our time into political games where favors are exchanged between political parties at the expense of the people of Tennessee who are always the ones who wind up being the losers in such games.

As an Independent Conservative candidate for governor I don’t owe favors to either the Republican or the Democratic party of this state. In addition, I have no desire to get involved and become engulfed in the endless waste of political energy on issues that matter little in the overall health of the state. People are without health care and yet our current political structure in Nashville seems more concerned with cutting benefits and repaying political favors to their cronies than doing what is right by the people. Current Governor Phil Bredesen presided over massive cuts to Tennessee’s Medicaid program seemed to relish at times  fighting with advocates for the poor more than the advocates of the cuts. When a governor makes his fortune in the for-profit health insurance industry at the expense of the people who have serious health care insurance problems and has no conscicence about it – NASHVILLE, we have a problem and there is need for a new way of doing business.

Do you really think that either a Republican OR a Democrat would do any different that what is currently going on? The answer is simply NO! Why? Because when you have party affiliations then people affiliations become less and less important. Tennessee, do we really want that to continue the next four years? I think not.

Things are about to change in the way we do business in Nashville. The situation we face is by far one of the most serious in recent years yet we have hope in our vision for the future for Tennessee that with your help we can as Governor ensure that every citizen has a right to healthcare, the hope for employment as more jobs become available through job programs we hope to implement when elected. As Governor I also swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States but also the Constitution of Tennessee and if push comes to shove between the federal powers that be and the state of Tennessee’s powers, we’re coming down on the side of our state, not Washington.

In addition, as Governor, I will do everything within my power to work with the state legislature to pass laws friendly to agribusiness, education, and small businesses. We want to see better pay for teachers and a reduction in college tuition to keep Tennessee’s brightest minds studying here in our own Universities and institutions of higher learning. Our farmers also need attention to help make them profitable once again and feel they have a friend in Nashville who understands they are a vital part to the overall beauty of our state.

Those waterfalls I saw last winter were breathtaking. We live in one of the most beautiful states in the Union. The beauty of Tennessee however is YOU, the people, for whom I pledge that if you will elect me Governor I will serve with due diligence to make sure that at the heart of every decision we make will always be the overall prosperity and success of the people o f Tennessee. We have a lot to proud of and tremendous hope for the future that better days are ahead. Together we can get this done.

I covet you vote, prayers, and support on November 2, 2010. We need volunteers and donations at the present time for our campaign. You can visit our website at www.carlwhitakerforgov.com for more information on how you can do both. This is a conversation these next 18 months about YOU, our greatest resource of Tennessee.

See you on the campaign trail!