Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Republicans Gloat Over Sen. Andy Berke's Departure

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Sen. Andy Berke, who is what passes for a rising Democratic star in Tennessee, might run for Chattanooga mayor.
  • Sen. Andy Berke, who is what passes for a rising Democratic star in Tennessee, might run for Chattanooga mayor.
Republicans can't stop gloating over the transformation of Tennessee into a one-party state. With Sen. Andy Berke's announcement today, seven Democratic legislators now have decided against seeking reelection this year. And every time another one goes away, tail tucked firmly between legs, GOP chairman Chris Devaney issues a mocking press release.

“Tennessee Democrats must be real fans of the rock band Queen, because their new theme song seems to have become ‘Another One Bites the Dust,'" Devaney said today in his latest. “Senator Berke must have realized that his liberal ideology will be rejected in his new district, but he will be quick to discover that his ideology will be rejected by Chattanooga voters if he decides to run for mayor."

Previously, in case you missed it, Devaney said: “It is no surprise Democrats are running for the hills. They saw what happened to their Democrat colleagues in 2010 and now, with the realization that they have to defend an unpopular president whose party is out of touch with Tennesseans, they can only cut their losses and go on home. The Democrats have no plan, no good candidates and no fresh ideas. The Republican Party is intent on challenging seats across the state and will leave no stone unturned.”

It's true that Democrats have no plan, no good candidates and no fresh ideas. But that's never stopped them from running for office in the past. The real reason they're all quitting is the Republican gerrymandering in this year's redistricting map.

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