Hutchison chooses treasurer for campaign

Burchett announces he has more than $100,000 in his war chest

State Sen. Tim Burchett.

State Sen. Tim Burchett.

Tim Hutchison

Tim Hutchison

While former Knox County Sheriff Tim Hutchison named a political campaign treasurer for the county mayor race Tuesday, state Sen. Tim Burchett announced he had raised more than $100,000 in contributions to run for the same office.

Hutchison has been making the rounds of Republican events but has been elusive about whether he will run for mayor.

Anyone interested in the job can as of Nov. 20 pick up a petition to run for the office, an official sign of someone's candidacy.

Hutchison named C. Dewitt Ingram of South Knoxville as his campaign treasurer, according to Knox County Election Commission documents. He did not return a phone call Tuesday.

Ray Jenkins, Knox County Republican Party chairman, said his party now has an "embarrassment of riches."

"We've got candidates, and we will be electing the new mayor in our primary without question," Jenkins said. "I think it will be quite a lively campaign. That's because of the quality of the candidates. I think you've got a couple of men who've been public servants in Knox County for a very long time, have served their constituents very well and both have overwhelming name recognition. That works well for both of the candidates. They'll both be great candidates, and one will be a great mayor."

Hutchison, elected five times as sheriff, had to leave office along with 11 other Knox County officeholders after the state Supreme Court in January 2007 upheld term limits. He was replaced by Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones.

Burchett, meanwhile, whose legislative term ends next year, represents West Knoxville to the inner city.

The county primary is May 4.

"Money is far from the only indication of a strong campaign, but for a county candidate to break the $100,000 mark this early in the cycle is very encouraging and deeply appreciated," Burchett said.

He said he's running because "I believe voters want to move past years of old-school courthouse politics, scandals and intimidation. They want a mayor who is committed to real accountability, transparency and fiscal responsibility. I believe my 15-year track record of public service reflects my commitment to these values as well."

In addition to raising funds, Burchett said he's been busy "knocking on doors and meeting with voters since July."

Burchett said he is getting support in some "newer areas," including Halls, Powell, Gibbs and South Knoxville. Those areas traditionally have been strongholds for Hutchison.

Over 400 individuals have contributed to his campaign, Burchett said.

Mayor Mike Ragsdale, also a Republican, is term-limited.

Rebecca Ferrar may be reached at 865-342-6357.

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rictor writes:

Hutch is not as bad or evil as some like to make him out but still he needs to let this cup pass him by. Burchett will win. Big. If Hutch gets in the race he will blow what political capitol he has left.

toolmeister writes:

in response to squiffy:

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You know it was voted in by voters and most people have no issue with allowing deputies to retire at a reasonable age. I am glad when my taxes are spent on something as worthwhile as this compared to giving money to the mission or other social welfare causes.

tigerwavenole writes:

Tim Hutchison did improve the sheriff's dept. The problem is he plays favorites, almost has an enemies list and is power hungry. He is not good for the county - too polarizing. The bloated pension he received and that JJ kept him on the books to get will be a major issue.

freechoice1 writes:

in response to tigerwavenole:

Tim Hutchison did improve the sheriff's dept. The problem is he plays favorites, almost has an enemies list and is power hungry. He is not good for the county - too polarizing. The bloated pension he received and that JJ kept him on the books to get will be a major issue.

agree, and I think we have had enough of this.

we need to totally eliminate the stench of the old way of doing things and encorage open government so it does not happen again.

Burchett is an advocate of open, transparent government and Hutch has never been one in the past....excuse being protection of sheriff juristiction/responsiblity to protect the public.

That may work in his main line of responsibility dealing with criminals in the past, but we don't need that in the executive branch, especially considering the past of waste and abuse of the taxpayers monies.

Hutch represents the old school that included the wheeling and dealing of black Wed. and manipulation of data for which he withheld and use to gain a pension he did not qualify for....weather he deserved it or not in somones eyes, he did not qualify for it. A charactr flaw you might say.

ElvisKin writes:

Hutch represents the old school and Burch represents west knox BIG money. Will we be ruled by BIG money or old school politicians?

Where are all the democrats?

cjensen writes:

Why would Knox County want a convicted perjurer as County Sheriff---been there, done that.

I would take either Burchett or Cosby by a mile over "Helicopter" Tim.

ElvisKin writes:

in response to toolmeister:

You know it was voted in by voters and most people have no issue with allowing deputies to retire at a reasonable age. I am glad when my taxes are spent on something as worthwhile as this compared to giving money to the mission or other social welfare causes.

You sir have got problems. You had rather your money go to politicians than poor people in need? Typical Republican.

freechoice1 writes:

in response to scknowsit:

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you need to remember also, Jenkins never came out with any statement regarding Lockett's misdeeds and consequently he lost my support. what he says does not matter and I look the other way for any alternative first....however, unless cosby comes out as a candidate, it appears on of these guys will be the next mayor.

I don't want Hutch to be that Mayor and Burchett has at least supported open government and has shown himself to be a person of integrity.

cjensen writes:

Let's pass a rule against double-dipping. Anyone that is on the County payroll, that is drawing a County pension at the same time, has to give up one, or the other.

Hutch would be gone in a New York minute.

WilliamDawes writes:

Looks like I get the joy of voting against the Hutch again. I've voted against him in every primary and every general he's ever run in. Unfortunately, I've kept coming up on the short end of the stick. Maybe this time the rest of Knox County has caught on to this self-serving, backroom dealing, pocket lining liar who holds in sheer contempt the people he purports to serve? God I hope so.

cjensen writes:

kwatson...

Actually, I believe its more like $80K....but that's $40 an hour; for the rest of his life.

Considering the pension was not intended to enrich him like that, and he didn't qualify for it....until JJ gave him a 'no show' job for several months until he snuck over the time deadline.

But we should remember...elected officials in Knox County have their rights, too. The right to plunder, perjure, document falsification, self-dealing, lobster dinners---all without consequences....they just seem to have a few more rights than the rest of us.

EastKnox writes:

Good point. If Hutchison were to become county mayor (God help our schools and libraries), he would collect a salary of $120,000 a year as well as an $80,000 pension. So he would be bilking the taxpayers at least $200,000 a year (and probably a huge fleet of personal vehicles for him or his friends).

I surely hope that those who voted for him to run the sheriff's dept realize that it is very different than running the county.

I will be looking very closely at the list of his financial contributors and will boycott any business associated with funding his campaign.

richvol writes:

We don't need good ole boy politics in the county anymore. We already had to kick Hutchinson out of office once and JJ hired him immediately at a huge salary.

Hutchinson is mostly responsible for the costly and unaffordable pension plan that is bankrupting the county and thumbed his nose at staying within budget guidelines. He hates supervision and has been convicted of an offense by a Knox county judge. Oh yeah,he used your tax dollars to pay his lawyer.

Go back to Hilton Head and stay there.

richvol writes:

in response to EastKnox:

Good point. If Hutchison were to become county mayor (God help our schools and libraries), he would collect a salary of $120,000 a year as well as an $80,000 pension. So he would be bilking the taxpayers at least $200,000 a year (and probably a huge fleet of personal vehicles for him or his friends).

I surely hope that those who voted for him to run the sheriff's dept realize that it is very different than running the county.

I will be looking very closely at the list of his financial contributors and will boycott any business associated with funding his campaign.

Exactly...

cjensen writes:

Ah, correction to my earlier post. Hutchisoen was not convicted of perjury, but was found guilt of six criminal contempt charges in Knox Courts.

Still, while we don't need a perjurer for mayor, we also don't need someone that has so little regard for the law and our courts, that he was found guilty of criminal contempt, at great cost to the tax payers.

Tim "Helicopter" Hutchison just needs to go away, and stay away.

staytuned writes:

Response to KnoxPoFolks: "Burchett helped legislate all these titlepawns/payday advances special rules that allowed them to sit up these legal 'loan shark' operations, that put the mafia to shame.. These huge interest rates, for short term, small amount, socalled, loans, prey on the poor and destitute."

Who says the poor and destitute have to use these services. Not everyone poor and destitute stay that way. Some make good choices, work hard and plan for a better tomorrow.

activehollow writes:

in response to Art_Vandelay:

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bingo. this is boss hog country so hutch gets away with all this shady business. we need a new republican revival of politics. these two are suspect at best.

cjensen writes:

staytuned & PoFolk...

The loan sharks that Burchett enabled is certainly a sore point with me...and should be with any Christian and responsible person (occasionally, they are one and the same, lol) that doesn't believe that 'preying on the unfortunate' with obscene interest rates and fees, constitutes good business.

Mr. Burchett, what the hell were you thinking? Voting for it would be bad enough, but SPONSORING it--unconscionable. Did you need the campaign contributions that bad?

For that reason alone, I'd vote for Cosby if he'd run.

HoraceMorris writes:

It looks like there are no honest people that will run for any political office in Knox County. But I'll take the lesser of the two evils and support Burchett unless someone better comes along.

ScottB (staff) writes:

in response to KnoxPoFolks:

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You are incorrect. I wrote a front-page article on the failure of that voting machine and the retrieval of the memory chips that held the voting data. Our online archive didn't save it for some reason, but I've looked up the story in our in-house archives and posted in our comments section in the past (I'm not in the office today). The info below is based on that post.

A couple dozen people from the election commission, both parties, TV stations and I went to CTI, a private company on Middlebrook Pike, and witnessed the repairs on the machine.

Approval of the pension was ahead by 784 votes when the election commission determined they couldn't retrieve the results from one machine. That machine had 2,625 uncounted votes. It was mathematically possible for the uncounted no votes to reverse the outcome, but that one machine would have had to contain an unusually high number of them.

A technician at CTI (whom I named in the story, by the way) found the culprit was a short-circuit caused by a fallen hinge inside the machine. Each machine has a circuit board with four computer chips containing copies of the votes. The techie removed them and placed them on another circuit board. They then put it in a machine, printed out a data card, took the card back to the election commission and inserted it into a reader.

The card read 1,988 for, 2,275 against, making the totals 52,013 for the pension to 51,516 against.

Scott Barker
KNS

EastKnox writes:

in response to cjensen:

Ah, correction to my earlier post. Hutchisoen was not convicted of perjury, but was found guilt of six criminal contempt charges in Knox Courts.

Still, while we don't need a perjurer for mayor, we also don't need someone that has so little regard for the law and our courts, that he was found guilty of criminal contempt, at great cost to the tax payers.

Tim "Helicopter" Hutchison just needs to go away, and stay away.

I think we should call him Tim "Whirlybird" Hutchison.

Does anybody think this man would be better than what we have now in Ragsdale?

Someone made comment here about whether bankruptcy court could go after Hutchison's campaign funds(war chest). If so, they would be smart to let it get filled up then put a lien on it.

I have a hunch that Hutch may not actually run for mayor. He will collect campaign money from all the usual suspects, tapping all those that owe him favors, and then he will dole out that money to other candidates that will do his bidding, working behind the scenes, such as anyone running for county commission next year. I am sure he would like few puppets on the commission.

I also expect Tim Burchett to get a boost in funds soon because of this announcement. There is money out there that really does not want Hutch running this county.

SweetTart writes:

Where are the Dems? Not that i'd vote for one..but where are they?

jack1111 writes:

Were there even one positive comment about that SOB

cjensen writes:

jack1111 writes:

"Was there even one positive comment about that SOB."

I had no idea Hutch's mother's name was Betty.

independentthinker01 writes:

Knoxville does not have a "clean" qualified candidate for Mayor because there are no such people. Every politician has baggage, so the press and or his/her enemies will find that baggage. The person with the least baggage wins. After reading all the "comments" above, I believe this more and more. I just ask a few things of folks who make comments. Stay neutral, don't lie, and give a reference for your comment. Just repeating something you "heard" sways no one.

Vols300 writes:

Here's a game plan for a Dem if you can find one in Knox county anybody would vote on. Let Tim/Tim sling mud, garbage and anything else on each other and spend down their war chest during the primary, than just look in the camera and say "Good Lord, what was all that!" "I am an adult with common sense answers for everyday problems." "I need your vote today!"
You got a taste of whats coming yesterday with Burchetts wife quoting on line "Bring it!",....uhh did not work for Bush will not work for you, only reflects the lack of political maturity coming our way from both candidate's campaigns. P.S. the above campaign slogan I provided will be on sell on EBay, look under quotes for "Hacks & Flacks"

Realist writes:

in response to cjensen:

kwatson...

Actually, I believe its more like $80K....but that's $40 an hour; for the rest of his life.

Considering the pension was not intended to enrich him like that, and he didn't qualify for it....until JJ gave him a 'no show' job for several months until he snuck over the time deadline.

But we should remember...elected officials in Knox County have their rights, too. The right to plunder, perjure, document falsification, self-dealing, lobster dinners---all without consequences....they just seem to have a few more rights than the rest of us.

Well actually it is $9.13 an hour for the rest of his life.

Okay, I am ready for option number 3. Who is it gonna be?

freechoice1 writes:

in response to cjensen:

jack1111 writes:

"Was there even one positive comment about that SOB."

I had no idea Hutch's mother's name was Betty.

chuck: as u recall, it was only by a day or two that Hutch qualified for the pension by job assgnment change when he was convicted and the conviction was not overturned leaving him unable to act in his capacity requring his being a certified officer....JJ changed the requrements of his position only days ahead of his retirement so he could get the pension...then they hugged as you recall with his retirement.

trickery is all I can remember after that move...and wonder where 'SM's posts are on this subject....is he the SM who previously held office under Hutch? Will he re appear to comment? Will the comment need to be banned again?

Mchio (Inactive) writes:

We do not need anymore of tim huthison. Tim Burchett, on the other hand, we need plenty of his intelligence and integrity. Even his wit. While he has come off on occasion as a comedy act, it is part of his schtick(sp?).
He (Tim Burchett) is community oriented, not greedy or crooked. He believes in helping our community grow through responsible growth plans, not by just feeding the developers what they want. timmy "the crooked former sheriff" loves the developers and does not care one bit about the people of Knox County. hutchie baby is a part of the old-boys network that does nothing at all to help this community educate, grow and prosper. Think typhoid when you think of timmy hutchison.

freechoice1 writes:

in response to Mchio:

We do not need anymore of tim huthison. Tim Burchett, on the other hand, we need plenty of his intelligence and integrity. Even his wit. While he has come off on occasion as a comedy act, it is part of his schtick(sp?).
He (Tim Burchett) is community oriented, not greedy or crooked. He believes in helping our community grow through responsible growth plans, not by just feeding the developers what they want. timmy "the crooked former sheriff" loves the developers and does not care one bit about the people of Knox County. hutchie baby is a part of the old-boys network that does nothing at all to help this community educate, grow and prosper. Think typhoid when you think of timmy hutchison.

hmmmm, typhoid timmy....new slogan perhaps? How about too much of hutch?

Realist writes:

in response to Mchio:

We do not need anymore of tim huthison. Tim Burchett, on the other hand, we need plenty of his intelligence and integrity. Even his wit. While he has come off on occasion as a comedy act, it is part of his schtick(sp?).
He (Tim Burchett) is community oriented, not greedy or crooked. He believes in helping our community grow through responsible growth plans, not by just feeding the developers what they want. timmy "the crooked former sheriff" loves the developers and does not care one bit about the people of Knox County. hutchie baby is a part of the old-boys network that does nothing at all to help this community educate, grow and prosper. Think typhoid when you think of timmy hutchison.

Bucrhett is also a Good Ole Boy. You spew fear about a rival candidate while spewing propaganda about your choice. They both have had a hat in the ring way too long.

The problem here is posters keep posting false information. KNS has a duty to make sure the info being spewed by both sides is correct. By allowing the false info to remain on the page means someone will read it and believe it!

Again, where is option number 3?

KCSD writes:

Hutch will be all over Burchett - like stink on boo boo.

staytuned writes:

response to realist: "Well actually it is $9.13 an hour for the rest of his life."

I think your calculator needs a new battery or your pencil needs to be sharpened.

cjensen writes:

Realist writes:
in response to cjensen#613296:

kwatson...

Actually, I believe its more like $80K....but that's $40 an hour; for the rest of his life.

Considering the pension was not intended to enrich him like that, and he didn't qualify for it....until JJ gave him a 'no show' job for several months until he snuck over the time deadline.

But we should remember...elected officials in Knox County have their rights, too. The right to plunder, perjure, document falsification, self-dealing, lobster dinners---all without consequences....they just seem to have a few more rights than the rest of us.

Well actually it is $9.13 an hour for the rest of his life.

Okay, I am ready for option number 3. Who is it gonna be?"
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Okay, I'm having trouble with your math. $80,000 pension per year, divided by 2,080 hours in standard work year, equals $38.46 per hour, the rest of his life...I just rounded to $40.

As to Option 3, I'd lean toward Cosby, of course, that's assuming he runs. He was the one that uncovered the P-Card scandal and has no strong party allegiances and doesn't cater to the 'good ole boy' network. As best I've heard, he doesn't carry any baggage.

Realist writes:

in response to cjensen:

Realist writes:
in response to cjensen#613296:

kwatson...

Actually, I believe its more like $80K....but that's $40 an hour; for the rest of his life.

Considering the pension was not intended to enrich him like that, and he didn't qualify for it....until JJ gave him a 'no show' job for several months until he snuck over the time deadline.

But we should remember...elected officials in Knox County have their rights, too. The right to plunder, perjure, document falsification, self-dealing, lobster dinners---all without consequences....they just seem to have a few more rights than the rest of us.

Well actually it is $9.13 an hour for the rest of his life.

Okay, I am ready for option number 3. Who is it gonna be?"
======
Okay, I'm having trouble with your math. $80,000 pension per year, divided by 2,080 hours in standard work year, equals $38.46 per hour, the rest of his life...I just rounded to $40.

As to Option 3, I'd lean toward Cosby, of course, that's assuming he runs. He was the one that uncovered the P-Card scandal and has no strong party allegiances and doesn't cater to the 'good ole boy' network. As best I've heard, he doesn't carry any baggage.

He is not working 40 hours in a week. He can sit on the couch 24 hours a day. 24 hours x 365 days = 8760 hours in a year. $223 a day,

aguy#276948 writes:

I never thought I would be a strong Burchett supporter, but the prospect of Hutchison as the next County Mayor is almost sickening.
(I bet KNS endorses Hutchison.)

cjensen writes:

Art_Vandelay writes:

in response to cjensen#613296:

Why would Knox County want a convicted perjurer as County Sheriff---been there, done that.

I would take either Burchett or Cosby by a mile over "Helicopter" Tim.

cjenson,
I just want to point out to you that I agree with you 100%. Its amazing that two people on completly different planets when it comes to our politics, you on the left and me on the right, can both agree on something. that something being hutch is no good for knox county."

Art, just one tiny technical correction to your post, "Its amazing that two people on completly different planets when it comes to our politics, you in the middle and me on the right...." lol

So know that we have that clarified, I think what you'll find is we always agree that we need responsible people with integrity in government. Neither one of likes bad government one whit.

We may not always agree on what constitutes good government and who are good people in government, but we never part ways in wanting an end to bad government and wasteful spending.

aguy#276948 writes:

in response to staytuned:

response to realist: "Well actually it is $9.13 an hour for the rest of his life."

I think your calculator needs a new battery or your pencil needs to be sharpened.

$80,000/yr divided by 365 days/yr = $219.18/day

$219.18/day divided by 24 hrs/day = $9.13/hr

I think you were doing your figuring based on 50 working weeks per year, 40 working hours per week. So you're both right, in a way.

aguy#276948 writes:

in response to Realist:

He is not working 40 hours in a week. He can sit on the couch 24 hours a day. 24 hours x 365 days = 8760 hours in a year. $223 a day,

Oh. You already covered that. Sorry.

aguy#276948 writes:

in response to joeblow:

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Yeah. Even if you are a democrat, it's pointless to vote in democrat primaries in this county. Might as well make your vote count.

aguy#276948 writes:

in response to Art_Vandelay:

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KNS endorsed him in every sheriff's election.

toolmeister writes:

in response to ElvisKin:

You sir have got problems. You had rather your money go to politicians than poor people in need? Typical Republican.

Taking a stab at it but hey Tom, you have a defined benefits pension from the city shouldnt anyone else? I'm a democrat by the way but also a realist.

trooper1402 (Inactive) writes:

in response to scknowsit:

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He IS a liar and the public IS stupid.

fratricide08 writes:

in response to ElvisKin:

Hutch represents the old school and Burch represents west knox BIG money. Will we be ruled by BIG money or old school politicians?

Where are all the democrats?

Democrats would have a hard time winning a county race but not a city race. Democrats could easily take Knoxville if they got off their duffs.

fratricide08 writes:

in response to KnoxPoFolks:

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The state of Tennessee does not have formal party registration so you choose either one come primary day.

yeahooyungins writes:

I agree with Jenkins, I think this will be a close race. It is always the same people on here dogging the police/sheriff's dept, but hate it as you may, over half the voting population in Knox County loved Hutch. As for the pension, for heavens sakes, let it go already. We voted it, he worked 33 years to get it, lets move on. The man deserves every penny of what he receives.

That being said, Tim Burchett has an outstanding reputation and was also voted for by over half the voting population as well. How can anyone assume this won't be a close race?

Good luck to both candidates!

celery writes:

What I find interesting is that I haven't seen posts regarding Hutchison's involvement of the biggest political scandal in recent history - the appointments of county commissioners. He orchestrated that entire event - along with Scott Moore, Lee Trammel, Randy Hinton, Chuck Bolus, Lumpy Lambert, Paul Pinkston..... Will he find appointments for all of them if he wins Mayor? And all of their families? And cars for all? We are just now getting (a little bit) past all of that good ole boy, intimidating, quid pro quo bs. Now is NOT the time to go backwards.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to aguy#276948:

$80,000/yr divided by 365 days/yr = $219.18/day

$219.18/day divided by 24 hrs/day = $9.13/hr

I think you were doing your figuring based on 50 working weeks per year, 40 working hours per week. So you're both right, in a way.

You figure the pension based on a normal work week which would be some $38 per hour. You do not work 365 24/7

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