Swaggering 'Boss' Ramsey Predicts GOP Supermajority



Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is feeling especially cocky these days, predicting Republicans will stamp out all but seven Senate Democrats in November's elections. Imagine Ramsey, Stacey Campfield, Mae Beavers, Brian Kelsey and all their ilk with even more power to impose their will on Tennessee.

"We have a legitimate shot of picking up six more state Senate seats across the state," Ramsey told a roomful of fat cats yesterday in Chattanooga. "It could be 26-7 when we go back. And if you had told me that a few years ago, I would have thought you must be smoking dope or something."

"We've got an unprecedented opportunity this year," he added. "We redrew the lines here in Tennessee .… We un-gerrymandered what the Democrats had done."

That Ramsey's a funny guy, isn't he? Republicans "un-gerrymandered" Democrats virtually out of existence. Chattanooga City Councilman Andraé McGary, who is running in one of the Senate districts that was "un-gerrymandered" into a Republican stronghold, calls the prospect of a GOP supermajority a "very frightening" idea. That sums it up nicely.

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