In a candid interview with The Nashville City Paper, Phil Bredesen reflects on his tenure as governor, his legacy, and the state of the party...
City Paper: You had eight years in the governor’s chair, and certainly the party was stronger, at least on an electoral level, at that time.
Do you wish you’d left it in a little stronger shape?
I mean, remember the party apparatus is just not that big of a deal in electing people. You know, I illustrated that one day by saying, ‘Look I’m the sitting governor of a state. I just won my second re-election as governor, and I could not tell you to save my life who the party chair is in Davidson County or the party chair is in Robertson County or something like that.
Ninety five county chairs, and he couldn't name a one of them, including Gray Sasser (who was DCDP chair at the time)? If this is the way that you dance with the ones who brung you, it's little wonder why there's not an effective state-wide organization left.
I'm sure there are 95 county chairs that are shocked to the core to hear you admit this, Governor.
Read the whole thing. Lots of interesting tidbits, including some insight into the Haslam administration's consultative process vis-a-vis the Affordable Care Act.
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