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They turned Legislative Plaza into a barnyard and held a cow milking contest
today during Agriculture Day at the Capitol. Even Gov. Phil Bredesen tried to act like a country boy, professing his great love for farms and posing for pictures as he petted a pair of mules and a pig. Afterward, the governor shifted back into neutral and basically refused to take positions on any issue before the legislature.
Should the legislature express regret for slavery? "I haven't taken a position on that bill," the governor said. "I don't even know the text of it off hand. I believe that's a resolution that would not come to the governor for his signature, so I'll leave that in the hands of the legislature."
How about the bill to abolish the Ethics Commission? "I have not looked at that."
Bredesen gave his longest answer to explain why he doesn't really care about much of anything the legislature does.
"Look, you know, over my last six years, I've had a package [of bills] every year, a fairly extensive one I think most years, and I feel strongly about those things and understand the details of what's behind them and certainly go out and advocate actively for those things. There's a lot of other stuff the legislature does where I don't feel like I understand all the subtleties of what's in the bill. I don't think it's appropriate or anything to just try to take a position on every bill that comes before the legislature."