Phil Bredesen

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.

Bredesen kicks off Senate campaign (plus some history notes)

Press release from Phil Bredesen campaign

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Phil Bredesen today announced that he is running to represent Tennessee in the U.S. Senate.

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Bredesen’s Senate campaign announcement video

Bredesen reported entering U.S. Senate race

After weeks of considering the possibility, former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen has decided to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Bob Corker, it was reported on Wednesday – first by the Nashville Post.

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National Democrats urging Bredesen to run for U.S. Senate

U.S. Senate Democrats are “strenuously wooing” former Tennessee Gov.  Phil Bredesen as a candidate for the seat being vacated next year by Republican Sen. Bob Corker, reports the New York Times as an example in an article generally focused on the minority party’s expanding hopes of making political gains and new efforts to do so.

Mr. Bredesen has been courted personally by Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the (Senate) minority leader, as well as several governors who now serve in the Senate, including Mark Warner of Virginia, according to Democrats briefed on the overtures. And the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee commissioned a poll aimed at coaxing Mr. Bredesen to run.

Mr. Bredesen is in Washington this week and is said to be nearing a decision.

James Mackler, a Nashville attorney and Iraq War veteran, is already running for the Democratic nomination, having entered the race before Corker announced he would not seek reelection.

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher are running in the GOP primary with early polling indicating Blackburn may be the fronrunnner at this point.

Bredesen now considering run for U.S. Senate

Former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen, who previously had said he wasn’t interested in running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Bob Corker next year, now says he re-considering the idea after being contacted by several people who urged him to do so.

His comments came in a statement to the Associated Press:

 “In the days ahead, I’m going to do some research, talk with people and carefully think this through,” he said. “I’ll make a decision quickly.”

Bredesen, who turns 74 next month, served two terms as governor, leaving office in January, 2011. The only announced Democrat for the Senate seat, so far, is Nashville attorney James Mackler – though Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke says he’s also eyeing a run.

Bredesen, Freeman co-host fundraiser for Va. senator

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen and Nashville businessman Bill Freeman, who have been at odds over political matters in the past, are co-hosting a fundraiser for Virginia Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine’s 2018 reelection campaign on April 28, reports The Tennessean.

The event will be held at Valentino’s Ristorante, which is co-owned by Freeman.

To be a host for the lunch reception fundraiser at the West End Avenue restaurant, donors are to contribute $5,400, according to an invitation obtained by The Tennessean, while others are asked to donate $2,700 a person.

Ahead of the presidential election, Freeman and other Nashville Democrats welcomed Kaine at Valentino’s for an Aug. 23 fundraiser for the then-vice presidential candidate and his running partner Hillary Clinton.

Kaine’s Senate seat figures to be a top target of Republicans during the 2018 midterm elections, although at this point there are no declared GOP candidates seeking the seat.