Corker Caught.

Corker trades tax vote for a personal financial windfall?

Rolling Stone rolls all over Corrupt Bob.

Chickens Coming Home to Roost.

We told you so.

Over a year ago, Rocky Top Politics launched a series outlining the myriad of activities in which Sen. Bob Corker has apparently abused the financial and political system to enrich himself while he has been a senator.  He did this through complicated financial deals that hid his personal indebtedness, fraudulent and misleading Senate financial disclosure filings, using information gained from his position on the Senate Banking Committee to short the nation’s housing market (making tens of millions of dollars in the process), questionable stock trades in a company with which he had extensive personal connections and sleazy shopping mall real estate deals that has and will put millions of dollars of taxpayer money into his own pockets.

Yep, RTP’s expose was groundbreaking and damning.  Which of course meant it was studiously and completely ignored by the mainstream media.

But every dog may get his day, and now it appears the crew here at Rocky Top is getting ours.

It all began with what the denizens of The Swamp (i.e., Washington) are now referring to as the “Corker Kickback.”  Over the last several months Corker decided to carve out a new political future by gratuitously slamming President Trump, a man in whose rear Corker stuck his nose up to the hilt to try and gain a major appointment from the president.  Trump was having none of it and turned away Bob time and again.  Corker then launched into one of his patented snit fits and began trying to exact revenge by going after Trump every chance he got.  Hilariously, all his efforts got him were approval numbers among Tennessee Republicans that rivaled those of Hillary Clinton and the announcement he was retiring from the senate (before the voters had the opportunity to through his sorry ass out).

But such self-serving efforts by Corker did not go totally unrewarded. To encourage him for attacking Trump, the liberal MSM began heaping lavish praise on Brave, Brave Sir Robert, placing their collective noses with Bob’s derriere in the same position as Bob did with Trump.  The most egregious of the brown-nosers was David Plazas of the TennessCNN, who wrote slobbering wet kisses in the form of multiple columns, praising Corker for his new-found “wokeness.” Other reporters regularly demonstrated their new undying love of convenience for the diminutive junior senator.

[Editor’s note: Plazas now looks like the biggest fool in Tennessee politics – but we guess we were expecting so much more from someone who was not born or raised in Tennessee, didn’t go to school in Tennessee, who never before worked in Tennessee, but lowered himself to move to Tennessee with his hubby in tow to “educate” the ignorant hillbillies.]

When Corker became the lone Republican senator to vote against the president’s tax reform bill, the liberal media nearly had an orgasm extolling Corker’s “statesmanship” and “courage, “and “blah, blah, blah.”

And then it all blew up overnight.

Corker the Statesman – who had vowed on the alter that he would “never vote for a tax bill if it raised the deficit one cent” — took less than a week to completely reverse himself, and vote FOR the tax reform bill.

So Wha’ Happened?

It took almost no time for reporters to inconveniently notice that someone had mysteriously and anonymously put in a teensy-weensy little provision that resulted in Corker and some of his closest friends becoming the personal beneficiaries of millions of dollars in tax breaks.  OOPS!

Corker:  Who are you going to believe – me or your lying eyes?

As word spread across The Swamp, Corker went into panicked damage control mode and tried to cover his sorry ass with an ever-expanding, ever-changing number of excuses as to why what looked to everyone but Bob to be a slimy, sleazy, corrupt bargain, wasn’t actually what it looked like.  Some highlights from the 2017 Bob Corker C.Y.A. Tour:

  1. “I didn’t write that amendment to the bill.  I wasn’t even on the committee.”

Nice try, Senator.  Everyone on the current RTP crew has experience in Nashville and/or Washington and we know how it works.  No, you probably didn’t write the language putting money in your pocket, because senators almost never actually “write” such language.  They leave that to staff, or better yet, verbally and privately ask a buddy on the Finance Committee to drop it into the bill in exchange for doing him or her a solid on the back end with a favor for them on a later vote.  It’s sleazy.  It’s dishonest.  It’s Corker.

  1. “It wasn’t a large sum.  It would mean less than $175,000 a year to me.”

Hey, asshole.  Check the average income in Tennessee.  It’s a mite less than $175,000, you arrogant little twit

  1. “Sen. Corker came into the senate a wealthy man and he will leave the senate a wealthy man.”

Well whoopty-freakin’-doo, little man.  Seriously?  That is a honest to God quote from Corker’s spokesperson from just a couple of days ago.  Talk about a complete lack of self-awareness.

Corker then ran to Sen. Orrin Hatch of the Finance Committee who dutifully wrote a carefully-worded “hall pass” of absolution, which Corker than ran out to four network talk shows saying “See, see?  This proves I’m not the lying little weasel that appears to all the world that I actually am.”  Does Corker’s own words and behavior look like the actions of an innocent man or the actions of a sniveling, self-serving piece of Weinstein?  We report, you decide.

But such inside dealing was not the worst part of Corker’s Very, Very Bad, No Good, Lousy Week.  After hosing his new-found friends among the left-wing news media by doing an about face (or was it “two-faced”) reversal and voting for the bill he had just voted against days before, it took no time at all for the left-leaning media to body slam Corker to the ground for his perfidy.  This from last Friday (12/22/2017):

Bob Corker Corrupt?  What a surprise.

WOW!  You have GOT to read the whole thing.  It appears the left-leaning Rolling Stone has revealed Corker in flagrante delecto (that’s Latin for “caught with his pants down”) and they appear to be hot on the trail of other Corker Capers.  Beware the woman — or liberal outlet — scorned.  Corker better pray there are not other publications working on similar stories.

If all this sounds familiar, it should.  Rocky Top Politics wrote about it first.



More on the Corker Kickback and the people who may face seriously ethics and legal problems for doing business with a corrupt politician.  Perp-walk anyone?

Rocky Top hits Rock Bottom.

UT search for a head coach riles political leaders, fans and more.

Okay, the first clue that Ohio State asst. coach Greg Schiano was not a wise choice to be the Vols next head football coach, might have been his connection to  the worse scandal in college football history — the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky Pedophilia crime.

This was the headline from the Washington Post from July 2016:

Oh, and let’s make sure our friends in the MSM sports world and the hard-left leaning/failing ESPN apologists understand what we are talking about. Schiano was involved.  We ignorant hillbillies just didn’t know about it until deposition transcripts were released last year and Vol fans discovered that info on Sunday.  Schiano was described by a fellow Penn State coach as “ashen faced”when he saw coach Sandusky (who is now in prison) doing unspeakably horrible things to a young boy in the Penn State locker room showers.  Schiano latter denied it in a tweet, but not under oath.  He didn’t resign at the time and there is no record of him every reporting the crime to the police.  What a guy!  He is just the sort of mentor of young athletes that every parent wants guiding their sons on the gridiron!

But the geniuses in the UT administration thought that PEDOPHILIA issues were just water under the bridge.  NO problem.  Will never come up.

That is until the customer base of the wealthiest football program in the SEC (aka, Vol fans) rose up in justifiable indignation and demanded the deal that had been crafted in secret be trashed.  It took all of about 3-4 hours to accomplish that last Sunday afternoon.

Thank God for “ignorant rednecks” who still possess a moral compass.

Soon-to-be-ex-Athletic Director John Currie and other UT leaders were gob-smacked.  Why, hadn’t they received the enthusiastic endorsement for Schiano from Jimmy Haslam (who once had Schiano as one of his two finalists for the head coaching job for the Cleveland Browns)?  Considering the abysmal record of the Browns over the last two years, may a pedophile enabler would have been the better choice.  This is the same Haslam who jammed through the hiring of Disastrous Dereck Dooley as head coach a few years ago.  And who reportedly signed-off on the hiring of Cincinnati’s Butch Jones.  (What is it with all these people with Ohio connections?  What did Tennessee ever do to piss off Ohio?).

And isn’t Jimmy Haslam’s brother Gov. Bill “Kid” Haslam the chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees?  “Slam dunk”, right?  Except that particular sports metaphor is a basketball term.  And this is Futball, dammit!

And we would be remiss if we did not mention that 4 of the 5 Republican governor candidates issued releases last Sunday condemning the proposed hiring of Schiano. One GOP candidate did not — Randy Boyd.  The same Randy Boyd who is the business partner of — wait for it — Jimmy Haslam.  See a pattern here?  Maybe Chip should tell Randy that checking your manhood at the door because the Haslams want you too is not a particularly good way to instill confidence in your ability to lead Tennessee as governor, especially the 100,000 voters who regularly show up at Neyland Stadium.

Currie claimed he thoroughly vetted Schiano before his secret offer of the job.  What did he use to uncover Schiono’s background — a Ouija Board??  Every member of the RTP crew googled “Schiano Sandusky Penn State”  and immediately got multiple disgusting hits.  Currie apparently used tea leaves and rune sticks.  And now Tennessee’s name is smeared because of his incompetence and/or willful ignorance.




What happens in Virginia, stays in Virginia.

Fincher campaign consultant big loser in recent Virginia elections.

25-year incumbent conservative (and Tommy Hopper client) loses to a transgender left-wing nut job.

Virginia Republicans weren’t the only ones disappointed with last month’s elections in that state.  Senate candidate Stephen Fincher must have been concerned about the performance of his campaign consultant, Tommy “GOP Money Pigs” Hopper.  (Hopper got that nickname when, as state GOP chairman he referred to the party’s largest and most loyal contributors as “GOP money pigs.”  He was soon thrown out of the chairman’s office).  Hopper was providing strategy and other services for a number of races in the Old Dominion.

All of them came up losers.

Former/current male/female rock band singer and reporter – now – member of the VA legislature

The most ignominious defeat was when long-time Del. Bob McDonald, arguably the most conservative Republican in the Virginia House, lost to the nation’s first transgender legislator.  The transgender candidate leads a professional heavy metal band and was a former newspaper reporter (well of course he/she was a reporter).  Yet Hopper couldn’t come up with a strategy to beat her?

Such a defeat must have even Hopper wondering about his political masculinity.

Anyone can have a bad year, but it seems that Hopper is having a bad couple of years. Hopper was also the consultant last election to Brian Kelsey in his race for Fincher’s old congressional seat.  Kelsey & Hopper spent a cool $1,000,000 in the primary.  And Kelsey came in 4th in that race.

Maybe Fincher doesn’t seem too worried because he thinks Tom Ingram is always available to try for one of his patented “4th quarter comebacks” (like he did for Corker in 2006 and Lamar in 2014).  We would advise Hopper to start looking over his shoulder.  But maybe he would be worrying about nothing.  There are plenty of other candidates out there who are going to lose in 2018.  And they all could use a consultant like Hopper.

Perhaps Tommy-boy can convince someone to “crossover” and become a Republican.  After the Virginia election, he’s a bona fide expert in “gender-fluid” party affiliations.

We hear Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner is available.

Moore, Moore, Moore… How do you like it, how do you like it?

GOP candidates Roy Moore (Senate) and Mark Green (Congress)

Do some TN politicians have a Judge Moore problem?

First off, we are not casting judgement on Judge Moore, he of Alabama fame.  For all we know it was a set-up smear job by the MSM and their allies in the “Well, I never…” Republican Caucus.  For all we know Judge Roy was cruising the junior high playground looking for “dates”  or he was volunteering at the homeless shelter.  Time will tell.  Anywho, this ain’t Alabama, this is Tennessee — and we have higher expectations of our politicians, if not our football team.

BUT…. That doesn’t mean we here in the Volunteer state don’t have some solid candidates for the Creepiest Politican award (or as we call it here in Tennessee, “The Jeremy”).  Now don’t y’all go clutching your pearls and swooning towards the fainting couch.   We have all heard the rumors and the stories that are perhaps more than just rumors.  One of the more sordid (but admittedly entertaining) tasks we have here at RTP is to puncture that big old balloon called “political hypocrisy.”  We are, of course, talking about sex.  Randy representatives.  Lewd legislators.

As Harvey Weinstein might say:  “And the nominees are…”

  • .       The former top aide to a top legislative leader who had to be hustled out of the office because he couldn’t keep his hands off a female staffer in another office.
  • .       The married former staffer and campaign consultant who became enamored with a willing sweet young thing, then lost his marbles when she cut him off.  He allegedly sent nasty notes in the mail to her parents and others.  He’s still lurking around.  Word is, the Jane Doe was hustled out of town and given a state-related job in the hopes she would keep her lips and her pants zipped up.
  • .       The politician who set his cap for a teenage high school girl who caught his eye.  She is so much younger than him, even wider than 18-year age gap between Judge Moore and one of his accusers.  Like Moore allegedly did, our Tennessee pol first came into contact with the girl when she was a teenager (17) and he was in his 40’s.   Evidently he was undecided as to whether he should adopt the girl or marry her.  He chose the latter.  Ewww.
  • .       A leading House Republican whose LP nickname is “Zippy.”  When his wife had had enough of his serial philandering, she threw his sorry butt out of the house.  However, he still has a seat in the people’s House.

So hit the water coolers and run up a bar tab with your feverish speculations.  RTP will continue to report on those “shagedelic salons” who seem to have problems keeping their junk in their pants.

For those of you new to the exercise, you can send us tips to our notorious tip line ( as to who you think we are talking about. Or you can send us your own rumor.  As usual, we will not answer your comments or emails, but we will read them.  Eventually.  If our lawyer says it’s okay.

Harvey Weinstein, Democrat candidate for Prison.

Corker in twilight

With anonymity and irrelevance quickly approaching the retiring junior senator from Tennessee, Bob Corker has created a new career path for his political dotage – click-bait for the liberal news media (see “Brokeback Bob“).

For years, Corker has tried to portray himself as a solid conservative.  That began to unravel in 2015 when he played a key role in helping Obama pass the disastrous Iran nuclear deal.  Republicans were outraged.  Trying to regain his conservative mojo in 2016, Corker practically groveled before Trump, first spreading the patently absurd speculation that Trump was considering him for vice-president.  When that ran up the flag pole without anyone saluting, Corker tried a different tack.  He then begged to be Secretary of State. Trump checked Corker’s financial background and the way he would appear standing next to Putin and others and quickly took a pass.

At that point, Corker shrugged his shoulders and assumed Trump wasn’t going to win anyway, so he just resign himself to running again for the senate.

What a difference an election makes.

With Trump in the White House and Corker on the periphery, pundits —  backed by polls revealed Corker was in political trouble back home.  Just as important was information began to leak out (with absolutely no thanks to the MSM) that Corker has left a string of highly questionable – and perhaps illegal – financial deals that turned him from barely solvent when he got elected to the senate, to accumulating a personal fortune worth nearly $100 million.

So now Corker is employing the “Harvey Weinstein” defense:  when the authorities start to close in on your sins, try to direct attention away from you by attacking someone the MSM hates more than you.  In Weinstein’s case he made a pathetic and comical attack on the NRA – as if that would absolve him.

Corker realized his political career was coming to an end and that he would never be Secretary of Anything.  And with Breitbart and others quickly tracking down such things as a swampy taxpayer-funded shopping mall deal in Mobile, AL, Senate Ethics Committee complaints, accusations of insider trading and using his position on the Senate Banking Committee to personally profit from the financial crisis in 2009, Corker summoned his inner-Weinstein and attacked – who else – Donald Trump.

For you see, the more Corker attacks Trump, the more the MSM gets all excited and breathlessly report his latest insults of the President, while they conveniently ignore his shady personal failings.  And make no mistake — what is really going on here is that Bob Corker is building his defense against any charges of impropriety or illegality.  If the Securities & Exchange Commission goes after Corker for insider trading or if lawsuits are filed over the Mobile real estate deal, Corker can try to say that it is the Trump administration trying to exact revenge on Corker for his criticisms.

The grotesque Harvey is supposedly in a sex-rehab clinic.  We wonder if there is a rehab clinic for sociopath senators who use their position for personal profit?  Sort of like Bernie Madoff.

And where did Madoff go for rehabilitation?  Oh, yeah, that’s right…


From the RTP Archives…

[Editors’ note:  In anticipation of former Cong. Steve Fincher’s entry into the U.S. Senate race, we bring back an oldy, but moldy post of Fincher’s putrid deal with Nancy Pelosi, shortly before he left Congress.  You’re welcome.]

What’s that splat on the road?

The conservative newspaper, The Washington Examiner, jumps all over the Farmer from Frog Jump:

“Fincher represents what’s worst about the Republican Party.”

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Cong Stephen Fincher, one of the “Tea Party” candidates who was elected in 2010, has long prided himself on his humble roots.  But rumors have swirled that the Congressman from the 8th District of Tennessee, has traded his overalls for a tuxedo and has become the very people he first ran against.

The Examiner column is pretty devastating for Fincher. Titled: “From Tea Partier to Corporate Welfare Champion,” the article reveals that of the 150 contributors to Fincher’s re-election campaign, only two came from Tennessee.  Of the $250,000 he has raised for his re-election, less than 1/2 of 1 percent — a total of $750 — came from here.  Instead, his contributor list reads like a who’s who of Wall Street and K Street corporations and financial services companies pelosi 3who reap enormous subsidies from U.S. taxpayers.  In return, Fincher has teamed with Nancy Pelosi — yes, that Nancy Pelosi — to keep the corrupt Ex-Im Bank operating, even introducing the bill to keep alive an organization hated by many conservatives.

The article also reports that only one other farmer in Congress gets more in subsidized crop insurance and other subsidies than Fincher.  From 1999 to 2012, Fincher pocketed over $3.48 million in subsidies —  over $70,00 in 2012 alone.

As the Examiner put it:

“Washington corrupts, and Congressman Stephen Fincher is proof.”

Not a good reputation to have if you are looking to run for governor or U.S. Senator, as Fincher is reputed to be considering.

[Hat tip to RTP tipsters at the Tennessee 8th District Tea Party Coalition]


Bring it on, Solyndra Phil

She’s with…

Word is former Gov. Phil Bredesen is thinking about running for Coker’s seat in the U.S. Senate.  To which our first reaction was: “You mean he’s still alive?”

If he won, Bredesen would be pushing 75 by the time he was sworn in.  In fairness, that would make him a regular “spring chicken” compared to some of his colleagues, but still….

Bredesen’s biggest problem would not be his age.  Voters would be much more interested in his thoughts on:

  • The TNInvestco boondoggle that saw hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars go to many of his cronies to create “start-ups” many of which have returned little or nothing in the way of the permanent jobs they were supposed to create.
  • $328 million dollars in economic development incentives of taxpayer’s money pissed down a rat hole by Bredesen to attract two solar industry semiconductor factories. Both went belly up, leaving Tennessee taxpayers holding the bag.  Within days of leaving the governor’s office, the two Bredesen top economic development cabinet members who oversaw the handout to the failed factories, opened a – surprise! — solar company with a major investment from – surprise!– Bredesen.  This was all a part of the overall “green jobs” scams promoted by the Obama administration that lost billions of dollars in “crony capitalism” handouts to their political friends, of which Solyndra was the largest bankruptcy.
  • How would Phil vote for New York’s Chuck Schumer for Majority Leader?
  • Would he have voted for Neal Gorsuch to the Supreme Court?
  • Enlighten us as to his position on DACA, the Wall, tax subsidies for tuition for illegal aliens and other immigration issues

And, of course, we would be remiss if we did not point out that politics in Tennessee has changed just a tad in the 16 years since Solyndra Phil ran in his last competitive election.  While it is true that Bredesen has a sizeable fortune he could spend on the race, he needs to look no further than next door in the recent Alabama senate race to see what outspending your opponent 30-to-1 can get you.  The soon-to-be-former Senator Luther Strange can clue him in on the new paradigm.

Bredesen also told the AP he was going to “do some research” in order to make his decision.  Here is RTP’s helpful “research” map to remind Phil what happened to his candidate for president in the last election, just 11 months ago:

Of course, Solyndra Phil would surely be more competitive than Hillary Clinton, right?  Why, he might even be able to put Polk County back in the win column for the Dems.

We can’t wait.

Brokeback Bob

David Plazas

Plazas to Corker: “I just can’t quit you!”

It wasn’t that long ago when any elected official with a “R” next to his or her name could expect the “journalists” at The TenneCNN to attack them at every turn.  While liberal vitriol for Republicans is still the newspaper’s default position when covering the huge majority of GOPers, The TennessCNN makes special exceptions for select RINOs whom they love.

And they sure love them some Bob Corker.

Look no further than the recent editorial written by political editor David Plazas, lauding Corker for dissing Trump (naturally).  It was a mushy paean to their new-found admiration for Corker, praising him with such bon mots as “[Corker] is truly interested in being a statesman who puts America first,” and “Corker’s retirement is courageous.”

All that was missing was the corsage and a room at the Vanderbilt Plaza for after the prom.

But enough of all this thinly veiled sexual inyourendo.  Corker is clearly trying to curry favor with the MSM by trashing Trump.  Why?  It’s simple.  Corker has left a trail of sketchy business deals stretching back to when he first went to the Senate.  Rumors of investigations by the Securities & Exchange Commission as well as serious questions about a slimy shopping center deal in Mobile, AL have only intensified in the days leading up to and after Corker’s current spat with Trump.  Corker is in trouble and is seeking diversion and protection from the MSM.  But a retirement announcement and a couple of petulant tweets are not going to make Bob’s problems go away.

Every time something new crawls out from under one of Corker’s rocks, look for him to run out and say something nasty about Trump.

And look for Plazas to show up at Corker’s door with flowers, candy, glowing editorials and God knows what else.

Widdle Bob.


Last night, RTP posted its take on the Trump/Corker feud.  Included in that analysis was that Trump may have “hurt Bob’s widdle feelings.”

Then less than 12 hours later, POTUS tweets about “Liddle Bob.”

Coincidence?  We think not.

In fact, Rocky Top has been referring to the diminutive senator as “Little Bob” for months, and for good reason.

It’s nice to see the President noticed.


So Is Todd Womack Lying Through His Teeth?

After the shi-, uh, tweet storm of the last 24 hours between President Trump and soon-to-be-ex-Senator Bob Corker, the crew here at RTP would like to try to help you make sense of it all.

The MSM would have you believe that the Brave Sir Corker, having recently announced his retirement, was now free to move about the country and take pot-shots at the President.  How noble!  How enlightened! What a Hero!

What a load of crap.

The first thing we noticed was that Corker is now proven to be a two-faced political coward of the swamp kind.  As long as Trump could give him something – like, say Secretary of State or an endorsement to try and avoid a primary opponent – the Bobster was more than happy to sublimate his true feelings for Trump and be a bootlicker of the first order. Of course, Bob being Bob, there were occasional times when his disdain for Trump oozed through.  “Not qualified” and “not competent” and “out of control” are recent phrases by Corker about Trump that come to mind.

When it became apparent that all the sucking up that Corker could suck would not be enough for an endorsement or position, Bob realized the jig was up.  After the Breitbart stories about financial corruption and polls that showed Corker was about as popular among Tennessee Republicans as a painful rectal itch, Corker decided to call it a day and put on his cloak of self-righteousness and run to the welcoming arms of the MSM:  “You know all that stuff I said about being a conservative, supporting our president, and such?  Well, I lied.”

But Bobby was not finished – oh no.  He continued to lie.  After Trump shoved a few tweets up the Little Napoleon’s bum (he had to shove low), Corker fired back and said Trump needed adult day-care and told the New York Times that Trump could start World War III.  So does that mean Corker — who made the disastrous Iran deal possible — has been sitting on this information about Armageddon all this time?  So if Trump hadn’t tweeted nasty things and hurt Bob’s widdle feelings, the diminutive senator would have been content to carry own while keeping the rest of in the dark about the approaching holocaust?

Brave, brave Sir Corker.

Todd Womack

To further illustrate his lack of principle and self-serving persona, instead of saying it himself Corker trotted out his long-time aide Todd Womack.   Womack served up claims that Trump had tried to talk Corker into running again, made numerous endorsement offers and even said he would name Corker the Duchess of York (okay, we made up that last part.  What he actually offered Corker was the coaching job at UT).

The soon-to-be-unemployed Womack has been Corker’s lackey for at least 16 years, all while living on the taxpayer’s dime.  So Corker had Womack say things that could well be lies, knowing that (a) no one could prove he was lying and (b) even if he is, the MSM would undoubtedly refuse to cover it since Bob was now one of their shills against Trump.

So unless Todd Womack can offer up recordings, documents, independent third-party witnesses, etc., RTP reserves the right to infer that he is a bald-face liar.

Oh, and Todd, if you or the senator are tempted to tweet out a response to all this, know that RTP is not on Twitter (or Facebook, etc.), so don’t waste your time.  And while you’re at it, Todd, remember the $1million+ in mortgages that you took out in one year while your only income was your senate staff salary as well as the curious real estate purchases you made around the time of the Volkswagen announcement? That’s all still out there waiting for someone to write a story about it.

And somebody probably will.

Somebody like Breitbart.