Jackson Day Focused on Tribute to Ned McWherter

Former Gov. Ned McWherter’s place in Tennessee history was the focus of the 2011 Jackson Day fundraiser for the state Democratic party, as Chas Sisk reported.
Gathering on a cool October evening under a massive tent on Bicentennial Capitol Mall, about 700 Democratic party supporters turned out to pay tribute to McWherter, a West Tennessee farm boy who helped lead a generation of centrist Southern Democrats that also included President Bill Clinton and Texas Gov. Ann Richards. McWherter died April 4.
“He saw out beyond where he was to where he was going,” said Chip Forrester, the Tennessee Democratic Party chairman. “This is really why we are here tonight, to honor a man who really created the most loving and powerful Democratic family this state has ever seen.”
Tickets for the event were $75 for individuals, while group rates varied. Brandon Puttbrese, a party spokesman, could not say Saturday how much the event would raise for the party.
Speakers included Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and former Tennessean editor and publisher John Seigenthaler.
“Now more than ever, those of us that are elected officials need to focus on the importance of community,” Dean said. “That was certainly the motivation behind everything Gov. McWherter did.”

For more details, see Mike Morrow’s full TNReport, which includes videos of several speakers.

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