Haslam has ‘major problem' with changing U.S. Senate nominations

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 12:39pm

Updated 2:25 p.m. 

Gov. Bill Haslam said a legislative effort to take over U.S. Senate nominations “doesn’t feel right,” but he stopped short of saying whether he would veto the bill should it land on his desk.

The measure would allow state lawmakers, instead of voters, to pick the candidates who would face off in general elections for the U.S. Senate. Voters would then vote on their favored candidate.

“I have a major problem with that, in this sense that we’re going to take the selection of the United States senator out of the hands of the people in Tennessee and have a few folks decide who that should be. That just doesn’t feel right to me,” Haslam told reporters after addressing the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.

When asked whether his disapproval would equal a veto, he said “I think it very strongly could be.”

Hours later, sponsor Rep. Harry Brooks (R-Knoxville) delayed a vote on the bill until 2014, effectively killing it for the year. Sen. Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) decided Monday to put off a vote in the Senate until the end of the legislative session after members raised concerns that the issue needed more vetting.

10 Comments on this post:

By: bombing8 on 4/2/13 at 2:48

He thinks "very strongly" that it "could be"? From any angle it is difficult to find a profile of courage for Gov. Haslam.

By: govskeptic on 4/2/13 at 4:16

Good Idea to abandon that stupid idea now, Governor. Many of us think that it was
also a plan to make sure you're long time good friend and college roommate
Bob Corker would be the beneficiary by not having a primary opponent next time up.
At this time, I don't think he will have unless a scandal erupts.

The Governor and Sponsors should be berated over ever considering this bill.

By: joe41 on 4/3/13 at 6:03

Now the Republicans are afraid of their own shadow. Would keep the Tea Party at bay.

By: pswindle on 4/3/13 at 7:48

Just one of many stupid bills.

By: Rocket99 on 4/3/13 at 7:57

We do not need a change. What this does is take away the ability of John Q. Citizen to run for senate in the primary against whoever the local elected nutheads think should be there. This is taking something away from the people. Is this even constitutional?

By: wasaw on 4/3/13 at 8:28

I like the way Haslam governs. He doesn't beat the legislators over their heads with a club but ges his point across to them in a nice way. Remember, they're party members.
I agree with the earlier writers: what is this legislator thinking?

gocskeptic, what is your complaint with Corker? He's one of the few non-lawyers in the U.S. Senate and has actually had to meet a payroll when he owned his construction business. While mayor of Chattanooga, he watched over a highly successful renovation of the downtown area. Are you upset that he's one of the few D.C. guys who questioned the "Stimulus Bill", "Cash for Clunkers", and all the other stupid programs from D.C. that have run the deficit to its highest , EVER?.

By: pswindle on 4/3/13 at 9:31

Haslam is a wimp. He has made this statement before about not being pleased with a bill, but he crawls like a snake to the signing table, and guess what? He signs whatever they tell him to sign.

By: wasaw on 4/3/13 at 2:28

Mr. Swindle, how do you like living in a state that has no income tax, no cities taking bankruptcy, and enjpying a balanced budget?

You Democrats are never satisfied until you have total fiscal control and running an enormous deficit. Tell us Swindle, how would you govern Tennessee? You seem to complain a lot but you NEVER offer any proven solutions

I don't know you but I know you are a Dem. The Bible tells us about folks like you. It just doesn't call you Dems. I bet Gary Odum is your hero!

By: pswindle on 4/3/13 at 4:10

And what does the Bible say?

By: makesense on 4/3/13 at 4:18

Haslam is an iInvertebrate...