Friday, December 18, 2009
Another young democrat wants to replace Tanner
Last week Luther Mercer jumped into the race to replace retiring Congressman John Tanner. The Jackson Sun is reporting this afternoon that yet another young democrat from Jackson is on the verge of entering the race. William Godwin who is a graduate of the London school of economics among other things announced he's forming an exploratory committee to run as a democrat to replace John Tanner in the rural west Tennessee district. He joins Mr Mercer and Roy Herron as democrats seeking the nomination to replace Mr Tanner. I have a hunch there will be more democrats and republicans jumping into this race over the next few months. We have already heard of the former head of the Jackson Clinic, Mr Kirkland and the Shelby County Commissioner George Flinn making rumblings about jumping into this race on the GOP side. The DCCC and NRCC have rallied around Roy Herron and Stephen Fincher as their "preferred choices". But this seat historically only comes open once every twenty years or so and there are a lot of politically ambitious people out there especially in a growing area like Madison County who realize its either now or never to fulfill their dream of serving in Congress. So I'm not going to be shocked if more candidates buck the wishes of the elites in DC and jump into this race.