To call Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn [R-TN] a shill for Big Cable is to insult honest, hardworking shills everywhere: she is so deep in hock to Verizon that she has toshill for new subscribers on weekends at a folding table on the sidewalk in front of the Grand Old Opry.
She's also a creationist and climate denier.
Now she wants to be a Senator, and Trump wants you to vote for her.
"[Blackburn] is a great woman," Trump told a crowd at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. "We need Marsha in the Senate to continue the amazing progress and work that we've done over the last year and a half. There has never been an administration, and even some of our enemies are begrudgingly admitting this, that has done what we've done in the first year and a half."
Rep. Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is one of the most outspoken opponents of strict net neutrality rules in the House of Representatives and chairs a key subcommittee that oversees telecommunications. She is seeking the Republican nomination for one of Tennessee's Senate seats.
Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen, a former Tennessee governor, are the favorites to win their respective parties' nominations ahead of the general election in November. Bredesen has a small lead in some polls, but the race appears to be a toss-up.
Trump hits campaign trail to endorse key foe of net neutrality rules [Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica]
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