Haslam announces he won’t run for Senate

Gov. Bill Haslam speaks at an event at the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville on Aug. 28, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Former Gov. Bill Haslam has decided against running for the U.S. Senate, according to a letter submitted to Tennessee Gannett newspapers.

Haslam said he came to the realization that following in the Senate footsteps of his mentors Lamar Alexander and Howard Baker was “not my calling fo the next period of my life.”

“Since leaving office in January, I have wrestled with the possibility of running for the United States Senate,” Haslam wrote in the letter. “I want to thank everyone who has encouraged me and helped me think and pray about this decision.”

“I also apologize to all those who think it has taken me an exceedingly long time to make up my mind!” he said.

The decision throws open the doors to a contested Republican primary. Vanderbilt surgeon Manny Sethi is already in the race. Other potential candidates include U.S. Reps Mark Green and David Kustoff and U.S. Ambassador Bill Hagerty. Others could give the race a fresh look with Haslam on the sidelines, including two failed gubernatorial candidates from the last cycle: former U.S. Rep. Diane Black and interim UT President Randy Boyd.

UPDATE: Black is out. So is Green. Kustoff still considering.

32 Responses to Haslam announces he won’t run for Senate

  • Bruce T Williams says:

    Bill has a hottie on his plate , no time for BS !

  • Silence Dogood says:

    Randy won’t run for the same reason Haslam will not. We need Mark Green to run. We can fill his seat in the Congress with less pain than having a RINO take that Senate seat. Time to dig in folks. What does Senator Blackburn have to say?

    • James White says:

      Who cares what NeoCon Blackburn has to say. We need someone that will not support the Deep State and it Ain’t Green.

    • Leslie Parsley says:

      Mark Green? Surely you jest. And who cares what the Mississippi Home Ec major thinks. Actually, this woman doesn’t think. She just marches to the dictates of the cable companies, aka as cabals, and makes things up as she goes.

      The RINOs might be the only group who can prevent your party from imploding, even here in the fascist state of Tennessee where public education ranks at the bottom of the heap.

    • Silence Dogood says:

      I care. And she kept her word. And since both of you are incensed I feel comfortable that Tennessee is headed in the right direction. Please keep ranting.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    OMG, IT’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY. If I appear on your Christmas gift list please cross me off for Gov. Pablum has just presented me with the greatest gift I deserve. WHAT WONDERFUL NEWS. Now all we need is for David Kustoff to be content to pursue his career in the House so Mark Green is the only candidate with a sold conservative record on the ballot while terminally centrist Hagerty and No Record Candidate Sethi fight over the centrist/tepid conservative vote.

    BLACKBURN AND GREEN IN THE SENATE!!!!! If that doesn’t turn you on folks, you just ain’t alive.

    • James White says:

      “Mark Green is the only candidate with a sold conservative record” well giving my tax dollars to a foreign nation to pay for their energy bills is not very conservative or even constitutional.

      • MARLE says:

        Uh-oh, Stuart. Spoke too soon?
        Or maybe your Christmas gift is a piece of coal for relying on scores to determine what a conservative is.

    • iMARLE says:

      Uh-oh, Stuart. Spoke too soon?
      Or maybe your Christmas gift is a piece of coal for relying on scores to determine what a conservative is.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        The Heritage Foundation is the oldest and probably most prestigious mainline conservative political think-tank in D. C. has a PAC, Heritage Action, that devotes itself to following legislation in Congress and the voting in regard to that legislation. On the basis of about sixty of those votes and sponsorship of legislation HA assigns a conservative rating to all 580 members of Congress. Without quibbling about any single vote which we can always manage to do, I know of no better overview of a member of Congress than their Heritage Action score.

        If the race boils down to David Kustoff (Heritage – 92%) opposing terminally centrist Hagerty and No Record Candidate Sethi, serious knowledgeable conservatives will know exactly how to vote.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Lamar has a lifetime Heritage score of 57% while David Kustoff has a score of 92%! I’LL TAKE IT!!!!

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Trump endorsing Bill Hagerty. That’s all this is a about when boiled down

    • MARLE says:

      Trump has a pretty strong history of hiring/endorsing/praising a person one day and then turning on them months later. Other than the high-sheeple demographic of TN voters why would a Trump endorsement being enough to keep good candidates out of the race?

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Trump is all too often influenced by centrist Republican establishment types when making endorsements. Why Trump likes to surround himself with so many centrist Republican establishment types who are quite hostile to many of his policies is one of the mysteries of the Trump administration. There is no mystery, however, that “The Great and The Good” of the Republican establishment will surely be enthused about the candidacy of centrist Ambassador Hagerty which is further reason that solid conservatives should support Kristoff in the Republican Primary.

      • James White says:

        it’s Kustoff and he is no better than your new ex- Mark Green

        • Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Right you are James! David Kustoff has a Heritage score of 92% and when the 116th Congress comes to an end I have no doubt that Mark Green will have a 90+% score too. A few short years ago it was only a dream of Tennessee conservatives that we would have a Congressional delegation who came that close to perfection.

      • Silence Dogood says:

        Stuart, Michael Corleone in GF2 said “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. President Trump agrees. He plays the press and RINO’s for fools. You never know what he is up to or what ‘s next with him. And that is good.

        • MARLE says:

          That is one way to look at it. Another equally plausible explanation is that he isn’t sure from one day to the next what he’s going to do. Keeping you enemy guessing is one thing; keeping your business community in the dark and on a perpetual seesaw isn’t really ideal.

          • Silence Dogood says:

            And only he knows. Being predictable is not the way to survive in this dangerous world. And if you think the business world is less physically dangerous to the US just visit Venezuela. International business is the new Cold War, Marle. And even your friends will sell you out for a nickle. Trump is a master at this business. No one on this thread could hold his hankie.

          • MARLE says:

            The market cap of Most US publicly traded companies is Down from their Oct 2018 highs. The Dow, which just set a new high at 27088 was only 200 points lower in Oct 2018. While Trump bragged that the Dow was up 19% year-to-date he forgot to mention that was because the Dow dropped 5000 ! points during Nov/Dec.

            The Dow is up in the last 10 months .7 of 1%. The S&P is up about the same. The Nasdaq not even that much and the Russel 2000 comprised of small US companies is down from the Oct high by double digits.
            Trump is a master at this International Business game? Really?????

          • Silence Dogood says:

            Yes, he is the master. If the Fed did not play games with the markets, which Trump has stated they do several times and we have all seen, the DOW would have already passed 30,000. There is NO country in the entire world that has as credible, smart, strong and vigorous a business leader as President Donald J. Trump. Period. Fake news, Marle.

      • MARLE says:

        No, Stuart. After the decision is made he is all too often influenced by his own ego and perceived slights.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Trump endorsing Haggerty. Game Over

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Only if conservatives sit back and do nothing. We have been trying to rid ourselves of Sen. Alexander from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for 17 years and other than Lamar himself the only thing standing in our way was Haslam with his money and name recognition. Now Lamar is quitting and Haslam quite rightly thinks that being a U. S. Senator from what is supposed to be the conservative party in our two party system is not his calling. The only thing we need is ONE candidate with a solid conservative record whose election will become top priority in terms of financing and effort for every conservative in Tennessee. David Kustoff will certainly do. Hopefully the game has just begun.

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  • James White says:

    Yeah, no NeoCon GREEN he is OUT ! 🙂

  • MARLE says:

    Candidate Trump said the FED was wrong to be holding rates artificially low to help Obama keep the stock market up!!!!!!! OMG….do you folks have no memory of what Trump has said????? I listened to him as he campaigned and agreed with him. Now, because he is using the stock market as a benchmark for his success he wants just what he accused Obama of wanting……a Fed that rolls over to please the Presidents desire to stimulate the markets.

    And ironically the Fed Chair IF he cuts rates will do so b/c MANUFACTURING is slo
    wing in the US. Wasn’t genius Trump going to bring so many manufacturing jobs back that we’d be overwhelmed with manufacturing output? YOU are the one up to your eyeballs in Fake News. Read something other than propaganda.

    • Silence Dogood says:

      Marle, we often agree. This is not one of those times. I read my 401K account and my companies P&L, not propaganda. Both are booming. Sell your sour grapes to the liberal press. Your propaganda is boring. MAGA.

      • MARLE says:

        So my 401K is booming This Year too, especially this June. It has gotten back to just above its high in Oct of last year. And it would still be down IF Fed chairman Powell had not just said he’ll be lowing rates Due to Manufacturing Slowdown caused by the Trade Wars. Was that in your 401 K report? NO? Then you had to Read For Yourself).

        The market was down 5000 Points in Nov/Dec after it hit an all-time high in Oct. But you’d never be reminded of that as you listened to news of the recent uptick.
        That is why the market is up 19% this YTD. Now it needs the Fed to slam the door on investment alternatives with rate cuts to prevent a deterioration.

      • MARLE says:

        Sour grapes….I voted for Candidate Trump. The Candidate who called for an end to deficit spending, an end to the President trying to control the Fed, the Candidate who told Hillary she’d be in jail if he were elected (which he did a 180 on 2 weeks post elections saying he wasn’t interested in seeing her investigated; she had suffered enough), the candidate who said we’d have a Wall b/c it didn’t depend on Congress~ Mexico was going to pay for it, the candidate who was going to do such a great job at hiring cabinet members we woulnd’t have all the hiring mis-steps like Obama had.

        My Candidate to accomplish all of the above was Trump. He changed, not me.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Sethi would have voted FOR an Article V Convention Hagerty is only one who didn’t or would not TRUE news

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