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NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Democratic Party today announced plans to reschedule its annual Jackson Day fundraiser for late summer 2009 due to logistical and scheduling issues. The event had been set for May 30. A new date and location will be announced shortly.
Headlining the rescheduled event will be Governor Phil Bredesen, Democratic Leadership Council Chairman Harold Ford Jr., and a lineup of prominent Democrats committed to helping advance next year’s candidates and campaigns in Tennessee.
“Jackson Day is a cherished tradition and a celebration of what it means to be a Tennessee Democrat,” said TNDP Chairman Chip Forrester. “We’re taking more time to plan this year’s event, which will serve as the kickoff of our 2010 efforts to take back the legislature and hold the governor’s office.”
He added: “The stakes have never been higher, and we’re going to get things started off on the right foot.”
Jackson Day is an annual dinner held by the Tennessee Democratic Party that honors President Andrew Jackson, the founder of the modern Democratic Party.
Bredesen, who will co-chair this year’s event, said Tennessee Democrats have a unique opportunity to harness the energy of President Obama’s positive vision for America and put it to work alongside core Tennessee values in setting a common-sense agenda to overcome the sluggish national economy.
“More jobs, better schools, affordable health care – these are the guiding principles for Tennessee Democrats in 2010,” Bredesen said. “I’m committed to doing all that I can to help our party build its margins next year, for the future of our state and our country.”
Ford, also co-chairing the event, said Democrats are positioned for success if they execute well over the course of the next year.
“Our nation is facing a great crisis,” Ford said. “Great crises create great opportunity. We can make Tennessee the best place in the country to live and work. But it’s going to take Democratic vision and leadership. I know we’ll rise to the occasion.”
All previously purchased tickets for Jackson Day will be honored on the new date or refunded. Visit www.tndp.org for updates on Jackson Day.
UPDATE: Jackson Day will be held on Saturday, August 29th.
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