Monday, 11 December, 2017

Former TN Gov. Phil Bredesen running for Senate

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Melinda Barton | 07 December, 2017, 23:40

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has previously expressed interest in the entering the race but may be reticent to do so with Bredesen's candidacy.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, a Democrat who earlier this year weighed running for U.S. Senate himself, today put his support behind former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen in the 2018 Democratic Senate primary.

"Since Governor Bredesen left office and our state with a 10.4 percent unemployment rate, Tennesseans have seen their state and their lives improve".

On Wednesday, U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn released a statement surrounding unconfirmed reports of Bredesen's run, calling his views "out-of-touch with Tennessee values". But putting Tennessee on the map gives them one narrow path back to the majority - especially if they can pull off an upset in Alabama's special election next week.

Democrats have recruited an A-list candidate to run for US Senate in Tennessee.

Bredesen is the last Democrat to win a state wide race in Tennessee when he easily won a second term as governor in 2006.

Bredesen is expected to formally announce his candidacy Thursday morning.

Former Nashville lawyer and Iraq War vet James Mackler is the only other announced candidate for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by Republican Bob Corker.

Blackburn, 65, has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2003.