Wednesday, November 3, 2010

It's Off to Siberia for Tennessee Democrats: Contemplating the Collapse of Andy Jackson's Party

Posted By on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 7:55 AM

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Congressman Lincoln Davis: “I think the state has decided that they’re going to be a Republican state, and I accept that. The voters have spoken. ... I’m not concerned. I’m not their congressman anymore.”

GOP chairman Chris Devaney:
"I feel an earthquake in Tennessee."

House Speaker Kent Williams: “I won’t run for speaker again. With the makeup of the House it would be fruitless.”

Rep. Gerald McCormick: “I’m not running for speaker. I’m planning on running for majority leader. I believe that Glen Casada is going to be our nominee, and I believe he’ll be elected. And I’ll be supporting Glen.”

Bill Haslam: "I think the country is saying, 'We're concerned about the direction. We're concerned about spending more than we're bringing in.' And everybody knows that pattern can't continue. I think it's one of the things they look to the states for — to balance budgets the right way and show Washington it can be done."

Rep.-elect: Jim Gotto: “Well I believe what it means is we’re going to have true fiscal conservatism. ... If we let the people of Tennessee down, then we’re not going to last long. So we have a huge responsibility to be proactive.”

House Democratic Caucus chairman Mike Turner:
"It was terrible. I think we lost some good people. … They can get elected, now let's see if they can govern."

Losing Rep. Henry Fincher: “The president poisoned the well. State-wide people just aren’t voting for Democrats.”

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