In an email to members of the Tennessee Democratic Party's executive committee, Congressman Jim Cooper endorses current party treasurer Dave Garrison for party chairman. As he concedes in the email's subject line, Cooper doesn't have a vote — but he is perhaps the most prominent remaining elected Democrat in the state.
Dear Executive Committee,
You have an important job. You will select the next chair of the Democratic Party, and that choice will determine whether or not we will successfully elect Democratic leaders to local, state and federal offices across our state.
Last month’s election results made clear that we cannot wait to rebuild our party. It is critical that we elect a chair who has the ability to do the job on day one and who has the potential to rebuild our party in new ways.
This is why I am enthusiastically endorsing Dave Garrison. Dave has proven himself a champion of Democratic values and a capable fundraiser. He also represents the next generation of leadership — a younger generation that we must embrace in order to move forward. I have confidence that Dave would excel in this role, and I am ready to help him.
While I don’t have a vote in this process, I wanted to let you know how strongly I feel about this election. I look forward to working with you as we rebuild our party and fight for the common-sense values that have made our country great.
Thank you for your service. Your contribution to our party is so important, and I appreciate you taking my views into consideration.
Along with Garrison, former party communications director Wade Munday, Nashville attorney Ben Smith, and vice president and political liaison for the Chattanooga Area Labor Council Jane Hampton Bowen have declared their candidacy for the post. State Rep. Sherry Jones is also reportedly considering a run.