Until the state Democratic Party leadership gets what Tennesseans want for candidates, the party will continue to lose seats to the Republicans. Tennesseans want no more than moderates filling the seats to represent them. With Republicans like Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Bill Haslam and Beth Harwell in key leadership roles, this is proof that Tennessee is not the conservative bastion that liberals think it has become. The middle is fertile ground for any candidate in Tennessee, but if you push the electorate one way or the other, it's going to go “right” long before it goes “left.”
None of the four candidates [for Democratic Party chair] appears to have the credentials to move the TNDP in this direction, save for possibly [Justin] Walling, whose age will be a detriment to him because that age will be perceived as making him too left-leaning. As an aid to [Lincoln] Davis, his age probably [affected] his ability to think like a Tennessean while holding down a job in Washington.
I find it laughable that someone who was “Shelby County chairman” as [Matt] Kuhn was would know the “rural voter well.”
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