Burchett: God will decide next political race, if any

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, who is barred from seeking another term in his current office, tells Georgiana Vines that he’s waiting for God to tell him whether to seek another elected position. The former state senator says he may not be rich enough to run for governor, but the 2nd Congressional District seat now held by Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. is a possibility.

Burchett insisted Saturday that he doesn’t know what he’s going to do when his term ends (next) year.

“I’ll pray about it. When God tells me (I’ll know). He’s told me what to do all along. When I get the (answer), I will let people know,” he said.

…Duncan… Jr. has just been re-elected to his 15th term. He and wife, Lynn, downsized their home last speculation he may be retiring soon. Burchett said what Duncan does in two years will not determine what he does.

While Burchett’s name has come up as a potential candidate for governor, he says he doesn’t have the wealth needed to seek that position.

“Who’s going to raise my first $1 million? It takes money. I would be a grassroots type of candidate,” he said…  He said he has speaking engagements in Chattanooga in a few weeks. He also intends to attend Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony of state Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, as lieutenant governor (and)  recognizes his presence is likely to lead to speculation on his running for governor.

“I’ve spent 16 years in Nashville and know the game better than others. I think I could do a good job at it. I see the pitfalls of predecessors and I believe I’m someone who could improve on (Gov.)  Bill Haslam’s record.

Note: Jack McElroy reviews the possibility of a Duncan departure and possible successors in a column HERE. His bottom line:

But the safest bet may be that the congressman from Knoxville on Jan. 1, 2019, will be John J. Duncan, just as it has been since vinyl 45s of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” were flying off the shelves of Knoxville record stores.

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