Haslam to decide on Senate bid within 3 weeks

Former Gov. Bill Haslam (right) and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander attend the state Republican Party’s annual Statesmen’s Dinner in Nashville on June 15, 2019.

Republican Bill Haslam plans to make up his mind about a U.S. Senate bid within the next two or three weeks, the former governor told reporters at the state GOP’s annual Statesmen’s Dinner fundraiser.

Haslam said it’s been his intention to decide about whether to make a bid to succeed U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Maryville) within six months of leaving the governor’s office.

The former governor sat a table alongside Alexander, junior Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood), and U.S. Ambassador Bill Hagerty.

Hagerty would be expected to give the race some serious consideration if Haslam doesn’t run. U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-Ashland City) is also mulling a campaign. Surgeon Manny Sethi of Nashville announced his candidacy earlier this month.

Haslam said he enjoyed being back in political circles.

“I loved the job, and when you come back and see a lot of people you haven’t seen, you miss that,” he said. “But being a private citizen has its upsides, too.”

35 Responses to Haslam to decide on Senate bid within 3 weeks

  • James White says:

    We sure don’t need another NeoCon in the office, so we don’t need Mark Green.

  • Sandra Clark says:

    I hope Bill runs. He was a great mayor, a great governor and will be a great senator.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Proves money can buy anything

  • Please be aware that there are others who will be making their intentions known soon, a true conservative who speaks for the people and not for the elite, privileged or wealthy. This state has its own swamp that needs draining. A Better Tennessee… Makes A Better America!

    • Lenny says:

      Wouldn’t a “true conservative” care more for the elite than the people? I thought true conservatives believed in No Regulations and Natural Selection. Have you read Atlas Shrugged or are you just relying on NeoCon Rush Limbaugh’s synopsis?

      • Not sure I understand the “intent” of your comment… but willing to listen. Yes, I have read, but it’s been some time ago. While I don’t listen often, I do believe that Rush has a solid grasp of the grassroots. The US Senate 2020 race needs to be open for debate, not a coronation. Blessings!

      • James White says:

        Lenny, we don’t need no Libertarian.

  • Jennifer Hamblin says:

    We do not want or need Bill Haslam. Have we not learned anything?!

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    While Gov. Pablum would fit in very well with the majority of Republicans in the U.S. Senate, but for the good of the country one can still hope he does the patriotic thing and decides not to run.

  • James White says:

    Gulp! Marsha DeepState Blackburn will be Senior Senator?? AHG!

  • MARLE says:

    It’s always fun to suit-up when you’re pretty sure you’ll win the game.

  • Michael C Detwiler says:

    Gov. Haslam would certainly be the odds on favorite should he decide to run. He cares deeply about Tennessee and is a solid voice. I’ll be on the team regardless of our nominee. Republicans should act like teammates instead of dividers (Stuart, Byron, Phil, and Jennifer).

  • Eddie White says:

    While I hear and understand what Dr. Bush and Stuart are saying, the senate seat belongs to Bill Haslam if he decides to run. Deep pockets and buckets of connections will win the day.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I absolutely agree Eddie that’s why I am hesitant for Mark Green to give up his seat in the House in a hopeless quest to win the Senate seat if Haslam runs. On the other hand, if careful polling shows that the voters are understandably uninspired with the prospect of Haslam going to the Senate and being another mumbling nonentity centrist Republican together with No Record Candidate Sethi splitting the centrist/tepid conservative vote we just may have an opening for Mark Green with his solid conservative record to win.

      • James White says:

        Hey Stuart, I see you man Dr. Green voted for the U.S. Tax payers to pay for Europe’s energy solution to get away from Putin’s Russia. Yes he voted for US to pay for their Solar panels, windmills, smart grid, and gas pipe lines. European Energy Security and Diversification Act, H.R.1616
        Yeah Neocon to the bone!
        Also I see your Mark Green voted for: H.R.676 – NATO Support Act . I suppose he supports the UN running our military and supports ‘perpetual war for perpetual peace’ aka the Military Industrial Complex./

    • Eddie, the Senate seat “belongs” to no one other than WHO the people of Tennessee elect to serve. It should not be “For Sale”. Agreed, “deep pockets and buckets of connections” USUALLY win the day, but too frequently NOT in the best interest of our nation or state. Voting is not a “bet” for who we think will win, but rather a choice. Allow that process to develop before assuming the victor. There may be other forces at play.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Byron, for some reason your responses are making me nervous. I am sure that you are fully aware that Tennessee has a terrible open no runoff way of electing our officeholders so conservatives have an advantage in prospective candidates insofar as Mark Green is the only solid conservative mentioned as a possible candidate while we have two distinctly unsolid conservatives in Sethi and Haslam in opposition. Surely, you don’t want to disadvantage conservative prospects of capturing Tennessee’s second U.S. Senate seat by suggesting another solid conservative run in addition to Mark Green do you?

        • Stuart, no intent to make anyone nervous. The diversity of comments above including yours admitting “hesitancy for MG to give up his seat”, are a testimony of the uncertainty and fact that fourteen months from now is a long time. Mark is newly elected with relative certainty of being reelected in his district. If ever we need stability and to gain seats, it’s in the House against AOC & Pelosi. Sethi is an unknown. Haslam’s reputation as a conservative is suspicious, uninspiring and certain as it relates to where he will fall on the issues as a moderate insider to Washington. Take a Valium (just kidding), sit back and let’s see where this goes.

      • Eddie White says:

        Byron, I am agreement with you. I am just pointing out the reality of what I have witnessed over a lifetime. I remember the 94 senate primary that you were a part of, and the deep pockets of the Frist family. I understand it is not a done deal, the fat lady ain’t singing, but if Haslam enters the race, you will hear her humming.

        • Eddie, I understand and agree with the “reality” however the “good fight” still needs fighting… not “caving” to the corruption and good-ole-boy money and connections. Sometimes there are forces at play that buck the trend. Haslam is not well loved by conservatives across the state. Be that as it may, time will tell. In the meantime, we’ll sing harmony with the fat lady. Blessings to you.
          ABetterTennessee.com

  • Misty Pardner says:

    I’ll take Haslam for Senate in 2020, Alex.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    He let a bill for an Article V Convention to become law!!!! NO on Senator

  • Stuart, no intent to make anyone nervous. The diversity of comments above including yours admitting “hesitancy for MG to give up his seat”, are a testimony of the uncertainty and fact that fourteen months from now is a long time. Mark is newly elected with relative certainty of being reelected in his district. If ever we need stability and to gain seats, it’s in the House against AOC & Pelosi. Sethi is an unknown. Haslam’s reputation as a conservative is suspicious, uninspiring and certain as it relates to where he will fall on the issues as a moderate insider to Washington. Take a Valium (just kidding), sit back and let’s see where this goes.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Casada debacle has lost momentum. No one paying attention to the appointments he’s making

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I guess it wasn’t much of a “debacle” after all. More like a “tempest in a teapot” but then again I pointed that out when this “debacle” was breathlessly reported by mainstream media.

      • Perry Aubric says:

        But here’s the thing Stuart. You are absolutely, 100%, completely wrong. Though you (and apparently you alone) try to trivialize the sleazy, corrupt, unethical, racist behavior of the soon-to-be-former Speaker and his out-of-control chief of staff, everyone else — including the Republican Caucus (by a close to 2-1 margin) and every elected official in the state from the Governor on down agreed he must go.

        Maybe you think cocaine use on the state’s dime, overt racism, a wink and a nod about sexual harassment, objectifying women, sexual misconduct in a restaurant bathroom being met with hee-hawing approval, bugging colleagues, sending spies into the hallways to eavesdrop on private conversations, and then lying about all of it are nothing more than a “tempest in a teapot.” I can’t believe you are serious about that, but it’s not. And I would have to wonder about your on ethical standards, or complete lack of them, to continue (again, alone) to defend these actions.

        Look, “the mainstream media” didn’t make Casada or his hot-shot aide do any of this stuff. Nor did they make it up. They reported it. Apparently you think reporting misconduct is only valid if it is reported against your political allies. You are such a joke, and your credibility suffers every time you try to defend the indefensible.

      • Silence Dogood says:

        I agree with you, Stuart. Much ado (moral outrage) about nothing. So that now makes 2 people, Perry.

  • Bill says:

    Run, Bill, run. We need your even keel in the US Senate. Sorry to see Lamar go. He has served well

  • Bruce T Williams says:

    Don’t need another rino or have you forgotten that when Haslam voted
    , he came out from voting and said “ I did a write in vote
    For President “ . Pres Trump not America doesn’t need another
    Romney

    • Perry Aubric says:

      Bruce Williams’ definition of a RINO: Anyone who is not 100% bats**t crazy, on 100% of the issues, 100% of the time. Or, alternatively: Anyone who doesn’t agree with me all the time, no matter what.

      Fortunately, Bruce and Stuart and their ilk, sitting out on their ultra-extremist limb, do not get to decide who is or is not a real conservative, a real Republican, or an appropriate representative of Tennessee in the Senate. Our state has a history of sending some principled, thoughtful people to the Senate over the years. Among those are (real, bona fide) Republicans Baker, Frist, Alexander, Thompson and Corker. All real, bona fide conservatives. Maybe Haslam will join their ranks, maybe not. But you clowns will have little influence beyond shaking your fists on an on-line blog.

  • Kenneth Jordan says:

    Great comment, Perry, and I heartily agree! We have had, in the past sensibly conservative United
    States Senators in this state who made us proud. Your naming of Howard Baker, Bill Frist, Lamar
    Alexander, Fred Thompson and Bob Corker are all a showcase in point that we had wise, steady
    hands on the wheel — and not pot-boiler types who were willing to panhandle populism under the guise of real conservatism. Thank you, Perry, and may our tribe re-emerge in 2020!

  • M. L. Moon says:

    Ole’ Tax’em Haslam would b another big spending McConnell boot licker just like Alexander & the other swamp snakes

  • M. L. Moon says:

    Green needs to stay in House & support Sehti.

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