Monday, November 5, 2012

Garrison, Munday Aiming for TNDP Chair

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 7:12 AM

Over at The City Paper, I report on the emerging list of potential successors to Chip Forrester as chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

Multiple party insiders, including members of the executive committee that will elect Forrester’s successor, have confirmed meeting with several people interested in the job. The two foremost names are David Garrison, the current party treasurer, and Wade Munday, the party’s former communications director, who ran for the chairman seat two years ago.

Garrison and Munday both confirmed their intentions to The City Paper.

“I’m focused most importantly in what’s happening Nov. 6, which is a critical Election Day for our country, but also for our state and for our party,” Garrison said. “I’ve been intimately involved in helping candidates in their races across the state, especially here in Davidson County, where we have a number of competitive legislative seats, and I think the party has to hold its own now and be in a position to do so in the future. But I am interested in serving as chair, and after Tuesday intend to focus a lot of my time and energy on building support from the executive committee and elected officials and key Democratic stakeholders from around the state.”

Munday sounded a similar note.

“For now I’m having more conversations with voters about how to move Tennessee forward with our great roster of candidates than I am about my own race,” Munday said in an emailed statement. “I intend to run, and I look forward to the debates we are going to have about moving our party forward, but I agree with Chairman Forrester that my primary focus in these remaining days must be on electing and re-electing Democrats in Tennessee and re-electing the president.”

The whole story, with some Democrats beginning to speak more freely about Forrester's tenure, is here. Whoever gets the job will be looking at a challenge. While Forrester contends the party is in better shape than it was four years ago, he also conceded that it will take an act of God — a lightning strike, in his words — to keep Democrats from waking up as a super-minority Wednesday morning.

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