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Phil Bredesen’s Sexual Harassment Cover Up

Moments after President Trump finished reminding Tennessee voters of Phil Bredesen’s out of touch record at his Johnson City rally, the NRSC released a new digital video slamming Bredesen for fostering an environment that saw rampant allegations of sexual harassment and going to extreme lengths to cover up the allegations.

The video details how Phil Bredesen earned the nickname “Shredesen” during his time as governor due to his administration shredding evidence related to numerous harassment investigations. And if that wasn’t bad enough, many of the same individuals who oversaw the wrongdoing currently lead Bredesen’s Senate campaign.

Click HERE to watch the video.

BACKGROUND:

Bredesen Picked Up The Moniker “Governor Shredesen” For Shredding Sexual Harassment Documents. (Trent Seibert, “Bredesen Keeps Harassment Files Closed,” The Tennessean, 7/19/05)

In May 2005, Bredesen Said, “We Have Got A Problem With Sexual Harassment In State Government.” (Trent Seibert, “Bredesen May Try To Close Harassment Records,” The Tennessean, 5/21/05)

Bredesen Said He Believed The Shredding To Be Legal And That “There’s Nothing To Be Covered Up Here,” But Acknowledged That He Had No Way Of Proving That. (Trent Seibert, “Bredesen May Try To Close Harassment Records,” The Tennessean, 5/21/05)

While Other State Offices Generally Keep Harassment Reports On File As Public Records, “Notes Are Purposely Not Taken Or Are Shredded, Or Case Documents Are Not Released” When Bredesen’s Office Becomes Involved. (Brad Schrade, “State’s Harassment Files Inconsistent,” The Tennessean, 6/12/05)

“In Four Cases Identified As Originating From The Governor’s Office, The File Was Empty Or Contained Few Documents And Did Not Detail The Accusations Or How The State Responded.” (Brad Schrade, “Bredesen Imposes Secrecy On Select Harassment Cases,” The Tennessean, 7/17/05)

Dave Cooley, The Deputy Governor Who Helped The Politically-Connected State Employee Get A Job At A Different State Agency After He Was Accused Of Sexual Harassment, Is Now A Top Advisor To The Bredesen Campaign. (Brent Scher, “Bredesen Reassembles Team That Mishandled Sexual Harassment Claims,” The Washington Free Beacon, 2/6/18)

Bob Corney, Bredesen’s Former Spokesman Who Defended The Administration Against Claims That It Mishandled Sexual Harassment, Is Now Bredesen’s Campaign Manager. (Brent Scher, “Bredesen Reassembles Team That Mishandled Sexual Harassment Claims,” The Washington Free Beacon, 2/6/18)