BREDESEN IS “NUMBER 2!”
No-I'm not talking about his Tenn-Used-to-Care plan. I'm talking about blogging. The Governor has joined the information age-making him politician “NUMBER 2” to start a dialogue with Tennesseans.
While I doubt he will actually be sitting at the computer punching on the keys, it is at least a start. Hopefully he won't have staff type it up, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. It's good to see him recognize the “blogosphere” and the role it is playing in government. I understand the political risks of taking comments, but I hope he joins me in accepting input from constituents.
I didn't know about Gov. Bredesen's blog until Channel 2 wanted to interview me about it. I complimented Governor Bredesen on this new venture and offered assistance to anyone else who would like to start a blog.
The interviewer from Channel 2, Chris Bundgaurd, actually asked Speaker Jimmy Naifeh if he was going to join the information age, but apparently he said he didn't know how to do any of that stuff.
Well, my offer to the Speaker: I will do all I can to help him. I will go to his office, set it up (or help set it up). I will show him how it works and how easy it is. As he and I don't agree on much, I will even keep all my comments and opinions to myself or I will seek a willing volunteer to set it up for him if he doesn't want me around. I know he's no Campfield fan.
When I first came to Nashville, I could hardly even turn on the computer (some say I never should have. My favorite quote is “Stacey, you on a computer is like a 16 year old kid with a learner's permit driving a Ferrari! Look out here he comes!)
But if you have a desire to communicate with the people, like I do, a blog is a great medium.
More legislators are starting to take notice and a lot of them are talking about blogs. They are hearing from their constituents and receiving emails. Your input is starting to have an effect, so keep up the feedback and input---more may be on the way!