Steve’s 5 Minutes as a Politician

Steve and I went to a sub-committee hearing for the Tennessee Agriculture Committee in downtown Nashville today regarding the sale of electronic cigarettes.  Since we are the owners of an electronic cigarette company, of course we wanted to be in attendance.  The bill was originally written to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes, but fortunately the committee amended the bill so that it would only ban the sale of e-cigs to minors.

This was great news for us, since if the bill went through without that amendment, we would have been out of business.  Steve had spoken several times with the assistant to Rep. Dale Ford, the chairman of the committee, prior to this hearing, and was allowed to speak a few words regarding electronic cigarettes.

Here’s the link to the video:

http://tnga.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=112&clip_id=4110

To skip right to our bill, click on Bill #HB1729 on the left under the video.  Rep. Armstrong speaks first for a few minutes, then Mr. Hill for another minute or so, and then finally Steve is allowed to speak.

If only this was on CSPAN!  He’d be famous!  Haha.

Here’s the Chairman, Rep. Dale Ford.  He looks grumpy, but I know he’s probably a teddy bear at heart. :-)  His assistant Michelle, whom Steve spoke with several times, was very friendly.

I was so proud of him for speaking in front of all those men in suits.  My little public speaker!  My heart was pounding for him the whole time.  It was as if I was the one speaking in front of everyone!

After Steve finished speaking and sat down, Rep. Armstrong came back up but couldn’t answer a question one of the committee members asked, so Steve came back up to the podium to answer.  What a good helper.

All in all, it was kinda a scary but fun experience.  We got to listen to a couple bills before our bill was heard, and one of them was just retarded.  It called for owners of aggressive dogs to be required to purchase liability insurance for their dogs in case they bit anyone.  Umm, lame!  We do not need any more government control!  But that’s all I’ll say about that.

Spread the word about electronic cigarettes!  They’re GRRRRREAT!!

P.S. Our website is puresmoker.com if you wanna check out our e-cigs.

P.P.S. CLICK HERE to watch a video The Wall Street Journal did on our company.

  • Mace Bewley said:

    Great stuff. Glad to Hear that that everything worked out, as a long time customer (and friend) wishing y'all the best!

  • JulieJ said:

    How exciting...your fiance is nearly a celebrity :) Next thing you know, he'll be expecting you to roll out a red carpet for him around your house :D

    *Julie

    • Haha, like that would ever happen! He is always really nervous whenever he has to make a speech or get interviewed, but he always does great. :-)

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