Andy Berke abandons idea of running for Senate; backs Bredesen instead

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, who had been considering a run  for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate, says he will instead back former Gov. Phil Bredesen, reports the Times Free Press.

 “A strong record raising funding and standards for education, a tremendous environmental steward, a Mayor who brought prosperity to Nashville, a brilliant Governor on fiscal issues — I support @PhilBredesen for #USSenate,” Berke wrote in a tweet (Thursday).

Bredesen, who served two terms as governor from 2003 to 2011, formally announced earlier … in a 2-minute video that he is seeking the seat being vacated by incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. Corker announced Sept. 26 he won’t seek a third term.

Nashville attorney James Mackler, who formally announced months ago his candidacy, is showing no signs of dropping his bid for Bredesen.

2 Responses to Andy Berke abandons idea of running for Senate; backs Bredesen instead

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    Michael Lottman says:

    This is an unfortunate effect of Bredesen’s ego trip. Candidates like Berke and Mackler deserve a chance to lead the party into the future rather than having to live in the past for several more years. (This doesn’t mean I endorse or don’t endorse anyone for any office; I just think it will be unfortunate if the TNDP remains, in effect, the Nashville Democratic Party.

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      Linda says:

      As a citizen of Chattanooga who has watched Andy Berke flail around as mayor, I WILL go out on that limb and say I WILL vote for Bredesen. Andy Berke is not fit to touch the ground Phil Bredesen walks on.

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