Woodson decides against U.S. Senate bid

As recently as last week, former state Sen. Jamie Woodson (R-Knoxville) was still mulling a bid for the U.S. Senate. No longer, The Tennessean’s Natalie Allison reports.

“I have been humbled and deeply honored by the recent and generous encouragement I have received to seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate,” Woodson said.

Woodson, who ran the education think tank SCORE after leaving office, said she and her husband, Bill, had “prayed about this season for our family and our country and how we might best serve,” before deciding against a bid.

Woodson first began contemplating a bid to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Maryville) before President Donald Trump declared his support for Ambassador Bill Hagerty in a tweet. Hagerty made his first public appearance on Friday since winding down his diplomatic responsibilities in East Asia, but has yet to formally enter the race.

Nashville surgeon Manny Sethi announced his candidacy in June.

 

7 Responses to Woodson decides against U.S. Senate bid

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    No loss here. I believe she’s an “educationalist” of the Bill Frist rather than the Betsy DeVos variety. It seems to me that this is too thin a reed on which to build any enthusiasm among conservatives.

    WANTED: ONE candidate with reassuring conservative credentials so I can vote for U. S. Senate in the 2020 Republican primary.

    • Lenny says:

      Preferably a TV actor like Reagan or Trump. Maybe Regis or Bob Barker?

    • Lenny says:

      Serious question about Republicans, though. Why do they get so triggered when someone from the Hollywood elite endorses a Democrat, and turn around and actually elect celebrities to office? Reagan, Trump, Sony Bono, Arnold Swcharzenegger, Fred Thompson, Clint Eastwood, etc.?

  • Perry Aubric says:

    Because, of course, the main qualification for Senate is approval from Stuart. Hahahahahahaha. Bless his heart.

    Wanted: a Senator who actually believes in public education, unlike DeVos. Who is actually competent. Unlike DeVos or Trump or Lee. Who is more interested in representing all of this state, not just outliers and delusional elitist theorists like Stuart. Who can show some semblance of a spine, ethics and American values, unlike Marsha Blackburn. Who has a scintilla of political courage, unlike Alexander. I have no great confidence that Hagerty, a Trump stooge, can fill that bill. But I have not given completely up on the sane wing of the Republican Party, or even on the hapless and leaderless Tennessee Democrats.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Don’t give up on Hagerty just because of his recent association with Trump. He has a pedigree that a centrist like you should just love. Undergrad and law degree from Vandy, a long history of being a Lips Bush/Mitt Romney enthusiast, a Republican who not on record as ever having uttered a single inspiring word about anything, you know, sort of like the worthless senator he seeks to replace, frankly he sounds like just your cup of tea.

      As for his association with Trump, immediately after law school he worked for the very prestigious Boston Consulting Group, again just the background that the centrist Republican establishment loves. That experience enabled him to spot undervalued situations ripe for “investment.” As the presidential nominating saga made its way to Tennessee, Hagerty had the itch for high public office and he noticed that centrists like himself were running around supporting candidates with almost no chance of getting the nomination. Of course, supporting a genuine conservative like Ted Cruz was ideologically out of the question for a wet like Hagerty, so he decided that Trump was an “undervalued growth situation with an unlimited upside potential” if he became one of the few centrists who signed onto Trump’s campaign in a noteworthy position relatively early in the contest. Don’t hold all of that against him Perry. He obviously knows how to make his way up the greasy pole better than most, and he hasn’t seemed to have found any bridge, anywhere, that’s worthy of dying on. He sounds like just your kind of guy, Perry.

  • Eddie White says:

    Thank you Stuart. You told me about all I need to know about Hagerty. Waiting for a better candidate…

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