Tuesday, August 10, 2010

McWherter: 'I've Never Set Foot in Nantucket'

Posted By on Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Mike McWherter called a press conference today to deliver the monumental news that Ken Givens is quitting as state agriculture commissioner to join the Democrat's campaign as senior adviser. McWherter hailed Givens as the best ag commissioner in state history. Wowie Kazowie! OK, so this obviously will turn around McWherter's campaign immediately. But what will Tennessee do without Givens at the helm of the Agriculture Department? Oh well.

Reporters who had been tricked into attending this event took quick cat naps while McWherter and Givens spoke. Afterward, we leapt back into action and grilled McWherter on the Nantucket issue.

"I can honestly say I've never set foot in Nantucket," said the nonplussed McWherter who confessed he didn't know what we were talking about. After Tom Humphrey briefed McWherter, he seized the opportunity to slap his Republican foe:

"I doubt Bill Haslam knows where Frog Jump is," McWherter asserted. "I certainly do. I drove through there the other day."

Q: So you would say Bill Haslam's not a Frog Jump Republican?

McWherter: I would not think he is.

Q: Are you a Frog Jump Democrat?

McWherter: Uh, I'm a Democrat with working people's values. As I've told you before, I sort of resist labels.

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