Over in Knoxville, our alt-weekly brethren at Metro Pulse have given University of Tennessee professor Brian Stevens the profile treatment. Why? Because he's already running against Republican firebrand state Sen. Stacey Campfield, who is up for re-election in two years.
The "tall and strapping" Stevens declared his intentions earlier this year, using this year's campaign season, the Pulse reports, to get his mostly unknown name and message out into the political atmosphere, so it will be less foreign to voters come 2014. He'll be running as a Democrat, but the ballot is the only place voters are likely to see the party label next to his name. The Pulse reports that the term does not appear on his website and that his supporters prefer to describe him as a "social libertarian/fiscal conservative."
An excerpt, after the jump:
Thus, Stevens will run as a Democrat, even if he prefers not to associate too closely with the party label. In fact, he’s quick to place himself deliberately in the middle of the political spectrum, saying, “I do side more with the Democrats on social issues, and sometimes when it comes to fiscal issues, I’m a little bit more conservative. I’m not an extremist by any means, and I’ve always been open to information, facts, because I can be swayed when someone presents an argument,” he says.
And Stevens admires local Democratic politicians like longtime state representative Joe Armstrong, but he is also a big fan of Gov. Bill Haslam, whom he praises effusively for keeping out of wedge issues and focusing on the economy.
“I think [Campfield’s] taken what he thinks is popular and tries to use that as a platform to obtain election and to go through the ranks. [Then] we have someone like Bill Haslam, who focuses on the important issues, who works on education, who works on unemployment, who really doesn’t use wedge issues to gain election, and that’s someone I respect. He and I, I’m sure, are different in a few ways… but he’s working hard for Tennessee,” Stevens says.
We had "Generation X" then "Generation Y". I think we are now moving in to "Generation whine".