Forrester: Tough Times for Democrats in 2012 Congressional Races

Tennessee Democratic Chairman Chip Forrester says party is by no means giving up on congressional contests after getting their political teeth kicked in during 2010 elections. But he acknowledges in an Andy Sher story that things aren’t easy with Republicans calling the shots in a redistricting process that won’t take place until January.
“We’re certainly talking to people in a number of the congressional district races,” Forrester said. “But it is hard until you know what your playing field is going to look like to get people.”
In 2010, Democrats went from controlling five of the state’s nine congressional seats to just two seats, losing two open Democratic seats in the 6th and 8th Congressional Districts as well as Democrat U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis in the 4th Congressional District. More importantly, Republicans seized total control of the General Assembly, which draws state and federal lines in the once-a-decade exercise of redistricting.
…Tackling Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., will be a “tall order,” Forrester conceded, but noted “we are continuing to talk to people,” although he isn’t saying who
Forrester sees the possibility of hard-fought Republican primary contests as offering a potential opening for a “moderate Democrat” in congressional races. Two such GOP primary battles may be shaping up already – a rematch between former state Republican Chairman Robin Smith and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann in the 3rd District and, if redistricting goes as some expect, a clash between state Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro and Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the 4th District.

Leave a Reply