By announcing her intention
to run for governor so early, Kim McMillan is telling Bill Purcell to stay out of the contest. There's room for only one liberal candidate to go against Lincoln Davis in the Democratic primary, she's saying, and she's it. She hopes to discourage Purcell by showing fund-raising strength and generating excitement as possibly Tennessee's first woman governor.
She's off to a good start. Coinciding with her announcement, Jimmy Naifeh and Jane Eskind were prepped to say good things about McMillan to reporters.
Purcell has always been a cautious, risk-averse politician, and the betting here is that McMillan could succeed in keeping him on the sidelines.