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Campfield Quits as Co-chair of Gingrich Campaign, Backs Santorum

State Sen. Stacey Campfield, co-chairman of Newt Gingrich’s campaign in Tennessee, announced today he is quitting that position to support Rick Santorum in the Republican presidential race.
The Knoxville Republican made his announcement in a post on his blog. In an interview, Campfield said he believes that conservatives need to unite behind a single candidate and that Santorum is best positioned to defeat “establishment Republican” candidate Mitt Romney.
Campfield’s decision comes after a conversation with Santorum earlier this week.
In his blog post, Campfield said he was “twisted inside because of my loyalty to Newt, my loyalty must first lie with my country and getting a country with a conservative leader must take precedence to my own personal whims of fancy.
:Therefore, As of now, I am stepping down as the statewide co chairman for Newt Gingrich and throwing all of my support behind Rick Santorum,” he wrote.
State Rep. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport, who until now has shared the co-chairman title with Campfield in the Gingrich Tennessee campaign, said Campfield’s move was “unfortunate.” He otherwise declined to comment, saying the two need to maintain a “working relationship in the legislature.”
“I’m not going to talk about Stacey. I love him. He’s a friend of mine,” said Shipley.

Rep. Eddie Bass Eyes Party Switch (and guns are involved)

By Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Democratic state Rep. Eddie Bass may be considering a party switch before the candidate filing deadline in April, but Republicans don’t appear overly eager to have him
Bass told The Associated Press on Monday evening that he hasn’t made up his mind about which party to affiliate with in seeking a fourth term.
“We just have to wait and see how things go on qualifying day, I guess,” he said,
Republican House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga said he’s heard that Bass has been mulling a party switch for the last two or three years, but said he is satisfied with potential GOP candidates considering a bid in House District 65.
“I’d rather he’d stay where he is, to tell the truth,” McCormick said. “He’s not doing himself any favors running that gun bill.”

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