Former Gov. Don Sundquist has become an enthusiastic supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign while maintaining an interest in Tennessee politics through his old campaign account, still operating 14 years after he left office.
“My campaign days are over. But I can still cheer,” said Sundquist, 80, in a telephone interview from his Townsend home.
He is now cheering for Trump, the former governor and congressman said, because “I like the fact that he’s challenging the status quo.” Sundquist had initially supported former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a longtime friend, for the presidential nomination.
“Too often in Washington, D.C., people have grown to think they should dominate what’s done everywhere,” he said, citing criticism of Trump by Mitt Romney, the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee, and Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., who briefly sought the party’s presidential nomination this year.
“I think it’s time to shake up that political bureaucracy and all those people who make money off of campaigns,” Sundquist said, noting he and his wife, Martha, received repeated solicitations for campaign contributions when Romeny was running — “it seemed like two or three a week” — and have received none from Trump.