Asked this afternoon in Dickson to respond to Zach Wamp’s accusation that he’s a puppet of Big Jim and big brother Jimmy, who are plotting to ram an income tax down our throats, Haslam scoffed:
"First of all, I’m not for the income tax and they’re not for the income tax, either. Second, when I ran for mayor that was the whole thing then too. It was ‘Oh this is just his dad wanting to run the city.’ The truth is he’s only asked me to do one thing the whole time he’s been mayor and that hasn’t happened yet."
Q: What was that?
Haslam: There’s a puddle in front of his church. ... Our engineering department says it wasn’t as easy to fix as he thought.
Q: It’s a pothole?
Haslam: Not it’s not a pothole. It’s a place where water gathers. We still haven’t fixed it. You can’t fix every problem. Literally that’s the only thing he’s ever asked me the whole time I’ve been mayor. Oh wait, he asked about a red light on his way to church and why can’t it be flashing yellow on Sundays. It’s still red.
Q: First a mud puddle, next the income tax.
Haslam: There you go. It’s a slippery slope.
Big Jim, too, denied Wamp’s claims. “I’m 80 years old,” he told Pith. “I don’t want to run anything. Bill will run the state. Bill is his own man. His agenda is not my agenda.”
As they boarded the red campaign bus for the next stop, Bill and Big Jim were laughing about it all.
“I’m supposed to have so much power and I can’t get a mud puddle fixed in front of my church,” Big Jim said.
“We can get you an editorial in the Wall Street Journal, though,” Bill deadpanned.