Phil Bredesen

Politico: ‘Distaste’ for Blackburn behind GOP prodding of Corker to reconsider retirement

Following up on earlier reports, Politico says  “a faction of Republicans in Tennessee and Washington” – worried that Republican Marsha Blackburn could lose the November U.S. Senate general election and give Democrats a Senate majority – continues to urge Sen. Bob Corker to reconsider his retirement plans.

A Blackburn spokeswoman scoffs at the notion of the current congressman as a loser and Corker is non-committal (though someone ‘close’ to the senator says he’s listening), according to the lengthy article. The piece also suggests that Corker has “reached out” to President Donald Trump to get his thinking on a retreat from retirement.

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Poll finds Bredesen ahead of Fincher, trailing Blackburn in U.S. Senate matchups

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn leads former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen 50.7 percent to 39.7 percent in a recent poll commissioned by Tennessee Star of prospective voters in hypothetical matchup for the general U.S. Senate election. The poll also found that Bredesen has a lead – 41.5 percent to 38.2 percent – in a match with former Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher as the GOP nominee.

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Bredesen’s Senate campaign staff includes veterans from his gubernatorial days

Democrat Phil Bredesen’s campaign staff in his run for the U.S. Senate includes several veterans of his campaigns for governor and officials who served under him while he was in office.

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Karl Dean: Bredesen’s run for Senate a ‘confidence booster’ for TN Democrats

Tennessee gets a mention in a Politico review of 2018 gubernatorial races around the nation under the headline, “The next GOP panic: Governors’ races” with Gov. Bill Haslam and Democratic candidate Karl Dean quoted. A Tennessee-oriented excerpt:

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Polling from opposite poles: Blackburn leads Bredesen; Bredesen leads Blackburn

A poll commissioned by a pro-Trump super PAC found that  Republican Marsha Blackburn is  ahead of Democrat Phil Bredesen in a potential 2018 general election for a Tennessee U.S. Senate seat, reports the Hill, while a survey sponsored by a Democrat-supporting organization found Bredesen ahead.

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James Mackler formally endorses Bredesen for U.S. Senate

Press release from James Mackler

NASHVILLE – Decorated Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler endorsed Governor Phil Bredesen in his campaign to represent Tennessee in the U.S. Senate in front of hundreds gathered at the Davidson County Democratic Party straw poll last night.

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Mackler withdraws from U.S. Senate race, sets up PAC

Nashville attorney and Army veteran James Mackler, who launched a campaign for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate eight months ago, announced Tuesday he is withdrawing from the race. Instead, he’s setting up a political action committee.

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Bredesen handling of 2005 sexual harassment cases resurrected

With Phil Bredesen’s entry into the U.S. Senate campaign at a time of considerable attention to sexual harassment involving politicians, a couple of political blogs suggest that two 2005 episodes during Bredesen’s tenure as governor could become an issue in his current campaign.

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Bredesen ‘not running against Donald Trump,’ foresees $50M spending

Excerpt from a Tennessean story based on an interview with U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen:

“I’m not running against Donald Trump. I’m running for getting some things done here in Tennessee,” Bredesen said. “The issues surrounding health care are real and they’ve got nothing to do with liking or not liking Donald Trump.

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Andy Berke abandons idea of running for Senate; backs Bredesen instead

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, who had been considering a run  for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate, says he will instead back former Gov. Phil Bredesen, reports the Times Free Press.

 “A strong record raising funding and standards for education, a tremendous environmental steward, a Mayor who brought prosperity to Nashville, a brilliant Governor on fiscal issues — I support @PhilBredesen for #USSenate,” Berke wrote in a tweet (Thursday).

Bredesen, who served two terms as governor from 2003 to 2011, formally announced earlier … in a 2-minute video that he is seeking the seat being vacated by incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. Corker announced Sept. 26 he won’t seek a third term.

Nashville attorney James Mackler, who formally announced months ago his candidacy, is showing no signs of dropping his bid for Bredesen.