Haslam Insists Lamar Isn't Kidding About Running Again



On Pat Nolan’s Inside Politics show, Gov. Bill Haslam dismissed rampant rumors within the GOP that Lamar Alexander won’t seek reelection in 2014 to make way for Haslam himself to run for the Senate.

You might recall Alexander announced a year ago he was giving up his Senate leadership position for the freedom to work with Democrats, if necessary, to make laws. At the same time, the senator — who once loved the slogan “cut their pay and send them home” — said he would run for reelection in 2014 at the age of 74.

Not many people believed Alexander at the time, thinking he was merely trying to freeze the status quo to forestall jockeying for his job. Alexander would really hate it if some tea party nutjob replaced him in the Senate. This way, he can announce at the last minute that he’s retiring and hand the GOP nomination to his buddy and fellow moderate, Haslam. No one else would have time to make a run at it.

Nolan asked Haslam whether he’d rather be a senator or a governor, and here’s Haslam’s reply:

I can answer that one really quick and really honestly and easy. I’d be governor. Being governor to me is a great job. Being senator I’m sure would be great too. But being able to be in your home state and actually run government is good. I’ll say for the record, I’ll be shocked if Lamar doesn’t run, and we’ve been friends for a long time.

Of course, this won’t stop the rumors. If you don’t believe Alexander, why would you believe Haslam, either?

To watch Haslam’s interview, go to the Channel 5 website. The governor talks about Great Hearts, school vouchers, ObamaCare, guns-in-parking lots and more.

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