More television ads by Haslam campaign to appear soon

Michael Cass has the script of a new ad from the Haslam for Governor campaign:

“What kind of man knocks on doors? Pouring rain, or sun is shining, to talk about being governor. The kind that marries his college sweetheart, loves her even more twenty-nine years later. Bible study every week. A father of three, helped raise ‘em right. Coached a lot of kids sports teams. That’s Bill Haslam. That’s Tennessee.”

McWherter gives gubernatorial campaign one million dollars

On the eve of a campaign fundraising deadline, Democrat Mike McWherter has poured $1 million of personal funds into his gubernatorial campaign, the AP reports.

McWherter led Democratic candidates as of the last reporting period, but trailed the leading GOP candidate, Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, by a substantial amount.

March 31 is the deadline for collecting funds in the current reporting period. The filing deadline is a couple weeks away, but expect those campaigns with good news to begin releasing their numbers as early as the end of this week.

in re Kleinheider

Tennessee politics lost a valuable resource on Monday, March 29, 2010, when Nashville publishing firm SouthComm relieved A.C. Kleinheider of his duties. Though the blog Post Politics will live on, there was undoubtedly a personality behind it that will be impossible to replace; this we know because budget decisions also forced Kleinheider out of WKRN’s fold, where he had developed the Volunteer Voters blog. When he moved to the Nashville Post, the blog he created there was simply a continuation of what he does. (All the best, by the way, to J.R. Lind, Jeff Woods and Ken Whitehouse, as they build their own style and keep Post Politics going.)

The human blog aggregator (not curator, Rex Hammock says) is a strange animal. Although, as R. Neal points out, Kleinheider occasionally wrote thought-provoking original content, and had been writing a column in a sister publication, his primary contribution was to grab content, put it up faster than anyone else, and wrap it in a grin- or groan-inducing headline. This created an “old country store” effect, because those interested in politics with a Tennessee flavor would often prefer to hang around and comment on the clip, rather than actually follow the links and converse on the content producer’s sites—yes, much to said content producers’ chagrin.

That said, this blog has consistently received more traffic from Kleinheider (wherever he was posting) than from any other source. I don’t blog for pageviews, but I cannot overstate the value of having the quality of readers I’ve come to enjoy over the years, in large part due to that one guy.

So, hats off to you, A.C. Kleinheider, and may you find the next opportunity more rewarding than the last. The rest of us will keep going, but we will miss what you did there, and will eagerly await news of the next installment.

Bill Gibbons withdraws candidacy

Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons announced his withdrawal from the race for Governor of Tennessee today. Post Politics has the full statement and several reactions.

Gibbons’ exit leaves Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, and U.S. Representative Zach Wamp as the major Republican candidates.

As the lead prosecutor in a large city, Gibbons focused heavily on addressing crime in his campaign messages, although education was another major theme.