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Democrats See Mayors (especially Dean?) as Future Candidates

From a Tennessean story on state Democratic efforts to find candidates for statewide office in the future:
They say those future contenders are already running governments in the state’s biggest population centers.
“The big-city mayors are clearly the future leaders of our party,” said Chip Forrester, the state Democratic chairman since January 2009. “They’re on a platform to run statewide when those opportunities arise.”
At the top of the list is Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who has his share of critics but has managed to guide the capital city through a recession and a flood with a pro-business, education-reform platform. Forrester said being the mayor of “the media center of the state” also gives Dean an advantage.
Dean, who will leave office in 2015, is a delegate to the Democratic National Convention and was mingling — in his affable but soft-spoken way — with other delegates and party officials at the delegation’s breakfast Tuesday. But his office said in a statement last week that he’s not laying the groundwork for any statewide run at this point.
…Forrester and other Democrats said Dean is just the first of several mayors with potential. They also praise A C Wharton of Memphis, Madeline Rogero of Knoxville, Kim McMillan of Clarksville and state Sen. Andy Berke, who is running for mayor of Chattanooga.
Forrester called Wharton “a uniter” and said McMillan — who ran for the Democratic nomination for governor two years ago — and Berke have put together strong records as state lawmakers. He said Rogero showed “tremendous crossover appeal” by getting elected in a “traditionally Republican city.”
“Coming from East Tennessee gives her some panache,” he added. “Madeline has really been focused on results in Knoxville, not party labels. And we’ve been working hard to encourage women to step up and run.”
Dean, Rogero and Wharton are scheduled to speak to the state delegation here in Charlotte on Thursday.

Pro-Gingrich Super PAC Makes First TN Buy

From a Tennessean story on Gingrich’s Nashville visit:
Winning Our Future, a super PAC that supports Gingrich, made its first ad buys in the Nashville market. The political action committee spent more than $30,000 on ads that will air on Nashville’s NBC, Fox and MyNetworkTV affiliates. The super PAC also informed local CBS and ABC stations that it is buying ads.
…Romney and his super PAC have focused on Santorum in Tennessee, making scant mention of Gingrich. Gingrich told supporters that could create an opening for him to reinsert himself into the race.
“He’s had two weeks of being the alternative,” Gingrich said of Santorum. “I think there are profound reasons why Rick lost his Senate race by the largest margin in Pennsylvania history.”
Gingrich said it will be crucial for him to take Georgia, his home state, and perform well in Tennessee and other Southern states.

Pro-Romney Super PAC Attacks Santorum in First TN Ad Buy

Restore Our Future, the “Super PAC” supporting Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, is attacking Rick Santorum in its first Tennessee broadcast advertising buy, totaling about $182,000.
As of Friday, the PAC had filed three notices of Tennessee expenditures listed on the Federal Election Commission website- a $173,109.91 “media buy” plus two for “media production,” one costing $7,218.11 and another $1,870.25.
A Youtube posting of a Restore Our Future ad — listed as running in Tennessee as well as Oklahoma, Mississippi and Alabama — says Romney “helped create thousands of jobs” and “turned a deficit into a surplus without raising taxes” while Santorum is called “the ultimate Washington insider,” voted to raise the debt ceiling five times and “voted for billions in waste, including the bridge to nowhere.”
(Link to video HERE)
The FEC notices state only that the ads will oppose Santorum while supporting Romney and were purchased for Tennessee. They do not indicate where in the state the ad is running.
An American Research Group poll earlier this month showed Santorum leading in Tennessee with 34 percent support among those surveyed, followed by Newt Gingrich with 16 percent and Ron Paul with 13 percent.
Restore Our Future has so far spent more than $20 million backing Romney’s presidential campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Most of that, $13.1 million, was for attack ads against Gingrich, formerly considered Romney’s most serious challenger. Santorum, who surged in polls more recently, has been attacked by $2.5 million worth of Restore Our Future ads as of Friday, according to the Center.

Ramsey: ‘This Year Was Just an Appetizer;’ Main Course to Come

An ‘open letter’ to Tennesseans from Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey:
The Tennessee General Assembly has adjourned for the year.
What a relief to write that sentence. While I can’t wait to spend this time with my new grandson and tend to the small business Sindy and I run, I’m also excited for Tennessee taxpayers.
The best part about the legislature adjourning is that it saves you money. The General Assembly has not adjourned earlier than this since 1998 – five weeks earlier than last year. Those five weeks would have cost the taxpayers an extra $450,000. Considering the transition of a new gubernatorial administration and new House Speaker, I am proud of how quickly and efficiently we attended to the peoples’ business.
I want to also thank the grassroots activists and stalwart Republicans who gave me the honor of finally serving in a General Assembly where a Republican governor was flanked by two Republican Speakers. It was truly a historic legislative session.
Working closely with Bill Haslam and Beth Harwell, two people with whom I share not only party affiliation but a common view of how government should work, has been an honor and a privilege.
I’ll be honest with you – it was fun. It was a welcome relief to finally work with people who “get it.” The governor and Speaker Harwell understand our values and principles. I believe together we have served the Great State of Tennessee well. I’m proud of what we have accomplished.

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