Swift slammed Breseden’s opponent, Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, whose “voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.”
“She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape,” Swift wrote. “She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values.”
Voter registration in Tennessee ends on Tuesday, so Swift’s last-minute push is giving Democrats hope.
Tennessee Democratic Party chair Mary Mancini told Buzzfeed she is thrilled that Swift is using her influence to mobilize people to vote – especially Democrats, who Mancini implied feel underrepresented in deep-red Tennessee.
“To have someone of her stature and with such a large microphone to step up and actually reinforce what we already know here is definitely going to boost the morale of people who have been told Tennesseans are divisive,” Mancini said. “Having her come out and say this so publicly will make people sit up and say, ya know what, I’m not alone here.”
“It’s just confirming of what the state is really like,” Mancini added.
Recent polling suggests, however, that Democrats still have an uphill climb in the Volunteer State. As of Monday, Blackburn holds a small but stable lead over Bresenden, the state’s former governor.