Paula Wade, a former reporter for The Commercial Appeal
who has been working for the Bredesen administration, has just defected in a big way. She's taken a job as communications director for the Tennessee Justice Center, the organization that has battled the governor over his TennCare cuts and that Bredesen has publicly (and unfairly) repudiated. Clearly, Wade, whose reporting expertise was TennCare, didn't like what she saw on the Hill and became disillusioned with her boss and the direction of the state's health care program. From the TJC release on her hiring: "A 20-year veteran journalist, Wade covered TennCare from its inception in 1992 as Capitol Bureau correspondent for The Commercial Appeal
.... As a reporter on Capitol Hill, she wrote award-winning news and analysis coverage of the TennCare program as well as healthcare and mental health policy, politics, urban issues, education, state tax policy and state budgeting." She is quoted as saying, "I look forward to working with the General Assembly and the Bredesen administration in this new role." Translation: "Screw you, Phil."