I've been working a lot lately-mainly catching up with some of the things I
skiped while in Nashville. I've also attended a lot of functions, meetings,
and receptions. Probably the biggest event was the opening of the new Knoxville
All the politicos were there working the room and meeting the people. Three of
the four Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate seat were in attendance. Van
Hilleary, Ed Bryant and Bob Corker were there, each with his own style and
I got into a few good discussions as to what may happen in the Governor's race.
We talked about who might run, who may have the best shot, who might make it a
great race. Names that popped up: Beth Harwell, who is building her name
recognition in the U.S. Senate race but then could shift over to the Governor's
race; Senator Ron Ramsey who speaks and relates well and is very knowledgeable
of state government; US Senator Bill Frist who will be stepping down from the
U.S. Senate and will have some free time (yes, I know he is running for the
Presidency, but most candidates become President after serving as Governor.)
I asked Senator Frist about the possibility of him running for Governor when I
saw him at the Presidential inauguration. He said that he was not planning to
run for that seat. You never know though, things change.
The crowd favorite of course is none other than Fred Thompson. If we could pry
him away from the glitz of Hollywood and get him motivated to run, he would
probably beat Phil like a dirty rug.
Who knows, there may be another sleeper out there or maybe one of the other
Senate candidates will drop out and run for Governor. I think Corker might have
some crossover appeal I guess only time will tell.