Just as it was considered common knowledge that Lt. Gov. John Wilder
(D-Somerville) had the votes to be reelected as Senate speaker over Republican Ron Ramsey
of Blountville, a respected Democratic senator has thrown up a roadblock. Senator Joe Haynes
(D-Goodletsville) announced he would challenge Wilders election: I have decided to offer myself for the position of Speaker of the Senate at this critical juncture in the history of the state of Tennessee. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the leadership of Lt. Gov. John Wilder, but I believe the time has come for a new vision for the Senate.