Haslam raises $5.2M to campaign against nobody (except Coonrippy and, maybe, John Jay)

News release from Bill Haslam re-election campaign:
NASHVILLE – The Haslam Campaign announced today that it has so far raised more than $5.2 million for the governor’s re-election effort, and more than $2.9 million in the most recent reporting period. The campaign also announced it had more than $4.5 million on-hand.

“Crissy and I are humbled by the support and encouragement we’ve received from so many Tennesseans, and honored by the trust the people of Tennessee have placed in us to continue doing that work,” Haslam said. “We are proud of the things we’ve been able to accomplish, and look forward to the work ahead.”

“I will continue to do my absolute best to address Tennessee’s challenges, and make our state the number one location in the southeast for high-quality jobs.”

Bill Haslam is the 49th Governor of Tennessee. He was elected in 2010 with 65% of the vote. As governor, Haslam has focused on recruiting jobs, improving education, and managing the state efficiently, effectively and in a fiscally conservative manner.

Note: Best I can tell from checking the Registry of Election Finance website, Mark Brown — also known as “Coonrippy” and so far the only announced candidate against Haslam (most recent post HERE) — has not filed a campaign disclosure or registered for fundraising (not necessary if your receipts or expenditures are less than $1,000). Another recent post perhaps of interest HERE.
It’s safe to say, at any rate, that the governor has an advantage over his opponents in fundraising.
John Jay Hooker is thinking about running, sorta. Since this post, he has advised that he is more strongly inclined toward entering the race if Haslam doesn’t embrace popular election of appellate court judges (which is probably rather unlikely).