Berke tweets support for Bredesen in Senate race

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2017

"I love the people of our state of Tennessee, and we need and deserve something better than we're getting in Washington", the former Nashville mayor said in a new video.

"Since Governor Bredesen left office and our state with a 10.4 percent unemployment rate, Tennesseans have seen their state and their lives improve".

Andy Berke, the current Chattanooga mayor, earlier put out some feelers about running for the Senate seat on the Democratic side.

In a major recruiting coup, Democrats have successfully recruited popular former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to run for the Senate seat that is now occupied by Bob Corker (R).

Announced Republican candidates include U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Brentwood and former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher of West Tennessee.

Bredesen is the last Democrat to win a state wide race in Tennessee when he easily won a second term as governor in 2006.

Bredesen is expected to formally announce his candidacy Thursday morning.

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen speaks about Singer & Songwriter Dolly Parton during her induction into the Music City Walk of Fame, At Hall of Fame Park on November 8, 2009, in Nashville, Tennessee.

He had been calling potential donors to let them know he plans to join the race to succeed Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

It is unclear what impact the former governor's candidacy will have on Democrat James Mackler, an Iraq War veteran and Nashville attorney, is also seeking the nomination.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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