Rep. Susan Lynn has met with reporters to respond to today's startling development that her archrival Mae Beavers is running for reelection in the Senate. Guess what? She feels "amazing peace" even as the vengeful Beavers bears down on her like a Mack truck. Lynn kept saying, "I'm filed to run for the Senate." But it sounded to Pith like she might let Beavers shoo her out of the GOP primary.
"It's astonishing," Lynn told reporters. "I really am astonished. ... I had no reason in the world to think she wasn't sincere in her plans to run for county mayor. ... Having an opponent isn't the end of the world. Right now, I'm filed to run for the Senate. I am astonished but I really do have amazing peace. You know, I'll be OK no matter what."
Lynn acknowledged more or less that Beavers hates her, but Lynn claims she herself holds no ill will toward the senator. There was a lot of innocent batting of the eyes from Lynn during this presser and chortling from reporters. Here's the transcript:
Q: What are you going to do now?
Lynn: You know what? In the last 24 hours I've received a lot of phone calls from supporters asking me to stay in the race. They believe that I can win. They believe in me. You know what? I filed to run, and I'm a hard worker. Right now, I'm going to finish the legislative session. I'm working on my committee. And um, you know, I feel like I filed to run.
Q: Is that a yes?
Lynn: Sen. Beavers announced back in June that she was running for county mayor, and I and a lot of other people made decisions about our lives based on that. I really contemplated for two months whether or not to run. I went out there and I sought support. I had that support. I raised money. I have been campaigning for nine months and I've worked very very hard and, as I said, a lot of supporters are calling me and urging me to stay in the race. It is very nice. It's very complimentary. I am going to go out there this weekend and talk to the people. You know, I feel good. At the very least, we'll be giving voters a choice.
Q: There's a good bit of talk about bad blood between you and the senator. Do you differ on any political policies that you'd like to highlight?
Lynn: I don't think we differ on political policy at all.
Q: Are there any policies that affect the district where you and she have wound up on different sides?
Lynn: Oh, I think so. You know, I have tended to vote in support of the budget, which supports our schools, which support our police, our transportation, our infrastructure. I have voted in support of things that definitely help our district and help the infrastructure of our district.
Q: So you're going to go home this weekend and talk to people and decide whether to stay in this race. Is that correct?
Lynn: I have filed to run.
Q: Do you think Sen. Beavers jumped back into this race because she doesn't like you?
Lynn: Do I think that? I don't know. You would have to ask her that.
Q: Why do you guys hate each other?
Lynn: I don't. I do not.
Q: But she hates you?
Lynn: It's very common knowledge that she supported a primary opponent of mine in my first race, and I won and that was obviously a big disappointment.
Q: So you've got to be angry and frustrated, right?
Lynn: You know, I'm not. I have no anger. I'm a hard worker. ... I work very hard for my constituents. I serve them. If the constituents of this district will have me, I would be extremely honored to represent them.
Q: How did you find out about Sen. Beavers' decision? Did she call you?
Lynn: No, Sen. Beavers did not call me. You know, I think I really just found out when your cameras arrived. I had been hearing rumors, but apparently she had a press conference. You just told me. I just found out.
Q: You've already spent money on your campaign? What have you purchased? Little oven mitts? Refrigerator magnets?
Lynn: Different things. I did a poll. I bought signs. Different printing. Different things like that. Ads in the newspapers. They were expensive and costly.
Q: Do you think Mae is jealous of you because you guys are just alike except you're younger?
Lynn: Oh stop. You'd have to ask her. I don't know.