“This is really the first time in a long time that we’ve had these kinds of competitive races in Tennessee. There’s some serious issues at stake. Certainly, the tone of some has gotten fairly intense, but at the end of the day, all of these candidates are professionals and they’re respected in their communities, and they understand what’s at stake for the country and for our state, and they’re going to get behind the nominee."
Maybe so, but it'll certainly make for some uncomfortable moments at Saturday's rally. If Lou Ann Zelenik thinks Diane Black is an unethical sleaze, as she's been saying in her TV ads, how can she now embrace Black as her party's standard bearer? And what about Zach Wamp? He's running out of names to call Bill Haslam. Here's some of what Wamp said yesterday in Brentwood. He doesn't sound too bitter, does he?
"It is ridiculous. If I was running for governor of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, I would have near led the field in fund-raising. But in this state, I'm going to be outspent at least three-to-one by a guy who's spending a lot of his money and his family is really well-connected."
We asked Wamp if he would pledge to support the nominee. His answer stopped somewhere short of yes.
"I look forward to our nominee having consensus support from all the candidates. And I sure hope that Big Jim and Jimmy will be there Saturday to support me as the next governor of Tennessee, yes I do."