Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tennesse Democrats, Your Gubernatorial Candidate May Be Named Kyle!

(But probably not the one you’re thinking about.)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM

The Kyles, back when Jim was the one running for governor
  • The Kyles, back when Jim was the one running for governor
The Democratic Party of Tennessee, which has been desperately looking for someone to carry the party standard in next year’s governor’s race against GOP incumbent Bill Haslam, may have found their man …er, their candidate.

According to the Tennessean of Nashville, Sara Kyle, “who resigned from the Tennessee Regulatory Authority in March after a 19-year stint as a director, confirmed Tuesday she’s weighing a run for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014.”

If Kyle makes the race, she has to hope that she has better luck than her husband, state Senate Democratic leader Jim Kyle, who tested the gubernatorial weather in 2009 before deciding, early in 2010 that the time wasn’t right for a Democratic candidacy. “More yellow dog Republicans out there now than yellow dog Democrats,” he observed before joining such other Democratic worthies as Roy Herron and Kim McMillan on the way out.

Mike McWherter of Dresden, son of legendary former Democratic governor, was the eventual party nominee, and he finished a distant second to Haslam — sign enough that Jim Kyle’s vision was 20-20 that year.

Now there’s a different vision on the part oif his wife, who was a Memphis city judge before being named to the state’s old Public Service Commission, an elective bodfy which was discontinued by the legislature at the urging of former Governor Don Sundquist and converted to the non-elective T.R.A.

“I want what’s best for that party,” the Tennessean quoted Sara Kyle as saying. “I’m listening, sitting down with different groups and hearing what folks have to say.”

Tennessee Democrats briefly had their hopes up that state House minority leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley might be their candidate, but Fitzhugh took himself out of the running a week ago.

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