State Senator calls foul after shirt logo altered - WSMV Channel 4

State Senator calls foul after shirt logo altered

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Just hours before early voting and three weeks before Election Day, one candidate is accusing another of going way too far with a picture.

State Sen. Tim Barnes (D-Clarksville) is speaking out about the mailer, sponsored and recently sent out by the Tennessee Republican Party.

Barnes said his opposition lifted his picture off Facebook and photoshopped it.

"I have never seen this before," said Barnes.

The shirt used to say "Tim Barnes State Senate," but the Republican Party replaced the logo with a President Obama campaign logo.

"Sen. Barnes has been very open with the fact that he supports President Obama and higher taxes and more government spending," said Adam Nickas, executive director of the Tennessee Republican Party. "He said that is not an issue of whether he supports President Obama."

Barnes said this isn't about whether he supports Obama. He said the facts that the Republican Party altered a photo was downright dirty politics.

"I would never alter a photograph of his wife, and it is very dangerous to do that," said Barnes. "This is beginning to go down a road that we don't need to go."

As for the Republican Party, they stand by the tactic.

"They're not looking for what is on his shirt, they're looking for what is on his record," said Nickas.

Channel 4 News contacted Mark Green's campaign about the mailer. They said it was sponsored by the state party and they had nothing to do with it.

The Republican Party said they've also altered other campaign materials in other races.

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