Haslam wins governorship in a landslide

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 7:59pm

Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam has been elected Tennessee's 49th governor, winning in convincing fashion Tuesday night and returning the governor's office to the Republican Party. It appears Haslam will carry every region of the state with ease, besting Democratic opponent and Jackson businessman Mike McWherter.

"We're very excited about tonight and believe he will be a great governor," said campaign strategist Tom Ingram, who was at Haslam's victory party in Knoxville. 

Gov. Phil Bredesen, who leaves after two terms, said he will help Haslam transition to the new job in the coming weeks. 

"My congratulations to Governor-elect Bill Haslam on his victory tonight," Bredesen said in a statement. "Governor-elect Haslam will bring a reasoned, common-sense approach to governing our state, and I know he will continue to build on the progress we've made in recent years." 

In the past few weeks, Haslam's message faltered amid concerns that he would — as he said two weeks ago — sign legislation to abolish gun permits if the legislature passed it. But the ensuing uproar was both too little and late to be of any assistance to the beleaguered McWherter campaign.

Haslam's victory seemed pre-ordained since he won a bitter GOP primary battle over outgoing U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. While Haslam won't have to contend with Wamp in the future, he now must work with Ramsey, who is expected to cruise to re-election as the state's No. 2 in January. Haslam will also face a fractious state House that is searching for a leader.

The first order of business for Haslam and his team will be to consider who might fill his cabinet and lead state government. While there will be publicly named search committees, much of the vetting work will be done by Haslam's inner circle, and Republican operatives will be watching those moves closely.

Probably the most anticipated apoointment on Haslam's radar will be his deputy governor, which historically serves as a chief of staff and works with members of the Tennessee General Assembly. While Haslam may have experience as a mayor, working with a city council is considerably different than dealing with the state legislature, and Haslam will need a strong hand to help him navigate.

With Haslam's election, Knoxville may now have a special election to contend with, depending on when Haslam steps down from that office. Should he resign immediately, there would be a special election for someone to serve out the remainder of his term.

15 Comments on this post:

By: NewYorker1 on 11/3/10 at 7:52

Congratulations.... The Klu Klux Klan party won big last night. The Republicans should be wearing their hoods proudly today.

By: EquinsuOcha on 11/3/10 at 8:00

To NewYorker1: If knowledge was gasoline, your's would not power a gnats motorcycle around a BB......

By: NewYorker1 on 11/3/10 at 8:03

The truth hurts sometimes.

By: govskeptic on 11/3/10 at 8:14

NewYorker, your blasting of everything conservative gets old on these
post. Maybe a relocation to the homeland might suit your temperment
and political persuasion better, it's heart heathy I'm told.

By: NewYorker1 on 11/3/10 at 8:55

You're right, I should move back to my homeland. I miss shopping on Park Avenue, the energy of Time Square, the fabulous restaurants and parties. Once my business (in the music industry) can run without me here, then I'll be back in New York.

By: Rustmeister on 11/3/10 at 9:12

NewYorker doesn't know his/her history. It was the Democrat party that opposed ending slavery and supported the Klan/Jim Crow/segregation, not the Republicans.

By: NewYorker1 on 11/3/10 at 9:23

Is Bill Haslam a Grand Dragon?

By: NewYorker1 on 11/3/10 at 9:25

Oh, sorry. That's Sarah Palin right? She's the Grand Dragon now. You go girl.

By: stlgtr55@yahoo.com on 11/3/10 at 9:46

NewYorker1, if you work in the music industry, I'd think you could be successful in New York. They have a huge music industry. Why are you even here.

By: NewYorker1 on 11/3/10 at 10:05

It's called expansion. I already have business in New York.

By: AlabanaWildMan on 11/3/10 at 10:12

Old Yorky sounds about as useful as a Screen Door on a Submarine.

The Klan wouldn't have either Haslam or Palin.. .. ..
.. .. nor would they have 'NewYorker1', either,
which might be a "Good Thing" for them!

By: NewYorker1 on 11/3/10 at 10:19

"Old Yorky sounds about as useful as a Screen Door on a Submarine."

LMAO!!!! You are cute AlabanaWildMan.

Why are you guys getting so testy? I said congratulations. LOL....

By: chakracon on 11/3/10 at 2:21

When are people in the United States going to learn that rich men in office equals catastrophy for the working class. I knew Haslam was going to win, what I don't understand is why. He'll get richer while he is in office and Tennesseans will pay the price.

By: cval on 11/3/10 at 8:15

Everyone in America has the right to free and independent thought and beliefs. But, you people on both sides of the "who is a KKK?" issue sound like little idiot children. Why don't you stop this garbage and try to say something intelligent? Nobody should care about who started the issue of bigotry. It is a foul stench in our history. What we should care about is how we get along as neighbors in peace and the quest for prosperity. If this post is any indication, we are in trouble and the Governor might want to rethink his desire to be a governor.

By: yucchhii on 11/4/10 at 10:39

yippy! Yeah, I'm excited that there will simply be "ANOTHER POLITICIAN" equipped with a shovel! To dig us even further into the ground like the previous! Just like the president, each one makes a mess, then people think the next prez has to clean up the mess the previous one made..."IT...DON'T...WORK...THAT...WAY!!!!" The next one brings his own shovel to dig a hole further down! So many suckers out there that think the next is going to fix things...Ha Ha..right!! All these years and NOT ONE has yet to do that!!! WHEN ARE Y'ALL GOING TO WAKE UP!!! "TOTO, I DON'T THINK WE'RE IN KANSAS ANYMORE!"