Most indicators entering the 8/5 primary suggests Haslam is the frontrunner, including polling, fundraising, and the fact that he's the subject of most attacks launched from Rep. Zach Wamp (R-03) and LG Ron Ramsey (R), though just he launched a counterattack against Wamp last week. Haslam followed up with a radio ad this week criticizing Wamp and said he found the attacks against him to be sad given that he's helped Wamp and Ramsey in their previous campaigns.
"I've known them both and have financially supported them in the past," said Haslam, adding, "When you're running against them, everything changes. ... My hope is that we can get past that."
Haslam donated $1K to Wamp's first re-election bid in '96.
As for Pilot Corp.'s price gouging after Hurricane Ike, Haslam wouldn't accept any blame. He had left the company by then to become Knoxville's mayor: "Ultimately, the leadership of the company is responsible," said Haslam. We guess he's talking about his brother.