Tuesday, July 03, 2007


Rumors about Bob Davis

Everyone seems surprised (although they probably shouldn't be) that Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Bob Davis will be stepping down to join Fred Thompson's quasi-campaign, possibly as early as today. (I have heard oodles about a conference call with the State Executive Committee this morning where Bob will resign, but all that I know is that as of 9:00 A.M. this morning, my wife, the State Executive Committeewoman for the 6th District, had heard nothing about any conference call.)

Lots of names are flying about regarding a placement for Bob Davis. While Bob has been an extremely effective leader for the Tennessee Republican Party, our key advantage over the Democrats in this state is our depth. Think of the Democrats as the Cleveland Cavs, with a few good front-line players, and the Republicans as the San Antonio Spurs, with depth at every position to spare.

State Senator Paul Stanley, Larry Kidwell, Jim Bryson, Van Hilleary, Ed Bryant - all have been linked to the position.

One thing that seems to be quite wrong comes from Nashville's The City Paper, which states that Robin Smith, the current Vice Chairman of the TRP, is not expected to be interested. I don't believe that's true, but I also know Robin and while I'm sure she would excel in the role as Chairman, I doubt that she would seek the position if it caused any division in the Party. Robin wants to see Republican majorities in both Houses of the General Assembly, and she would do nothing to jeopardize that outcome (such as causing rifts in the Party). Basically, the SEC would have to be firmly behind Robin Smith for her to become Chairman.

Personally (read: not speaking for the State Executive Committeewoman), we have lots of great candidates here. I would love to see Robin Smith ascend to Chairman, but there are a few other great candidates that would do a great job, as well. That being said, there are a few others being mentioned that would probably not do a good job.

If I hear anything else, I'll pass it along.

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