Well, they say a picture says a thousand words, but a sign says it all as well. On Saturday our very own Mayor Burchett announced he will be running for Congressman Duncan’s Congressional seat.
The announcement had around 250 to 300 normal people there. I’m not counting the typical politicians I’m talking about the normal average joe’s like you and I that came out to Vol Market to support our county mayor.
His pastor introduced him, talked about how it’s a great day to show your support and how he crossed party lines for his friend and someone he believed in and said a prayer, then the limelight was on Burtchett.
He opened up and recognized Lieutenant Governor Randy Mcnally as one of his dearest friends. Thanked everyone for coming and then it was time to talk about what he was going to do. He portrayed East Tennessee not as red and blue but as a group of people who want as little of government in our lives as possible. He spoke on how he has paid down over 50 million of our debt in Knox County.
A focus he had was on our country’s heroes, not the singers or the football players that we idolize so much but the men and women that laid down their lives for us or get hurt and come back home and can’t even get a job or health insurance. A major point of his speech was that veterans have to drive hundreds of miles to get what they need. A tear was saw on his amazing wife’s eyes that was heartfelt as the words that he said.
He ended with, Washington is to gutless to do anything and how he isn’t that gutless and it was time for someone to stand up and do what’s right, not what’s popular. The main points for his speech is veterans need help, to much government, how Washington should listen to us here in East Tennessee instead of the “Fat Cats” in Washington. His facebook and twitter is now up and running for you to add and follow.
The race is up and running as Jimmy Matlock also sent a special welcome to the race to Burtchett and that he will be praying for him and his family.
Word in Rocky Top is that there are many people pushing our wonderful mayor to run for governor of our great state. So, why has he not announced he’s running yet? With numerous articles that have been written about him, many tweets with the hashtag draft Burchett and even a tweet from Susan E. Gingrich, the sister of Speaker Newt Gingrich. It seems to this blogger that he needs to announce and start running for more than the next Krystal line. Plus Kelly Burchett as the next Tennessee First Lady how could he lose? So, why hasn’t he??
Burchett is term limited for mayor after 2018, but he has many jobs to pick from. He could become a horse farmer, walk away from politics, and stay at home and just be a daddy and a husband. He could follow his passion of metal detecting and spend his days hand in hand with his wife and daughter finding life’s little treasures, or he has two huge political moves he could make.
Mayor Burchett could run for daddy Duncan’s seat in congress, with a fiscally conservative thought process and proven dedication it could definitely squash any chance State Representative Jason Zachary has at going to Congress, or he could jump into the governor’s race.
What stands in his way from going to Nashville? Well let’s think about Governor Haslam and Governor Bredesen. They both are multi millionaires,not home grown men who have had to fight for every dollar they have made. Could he beat a millionaire that is beginning to become a household name like Randy Byod, and what about the other 5 people who want to run? Would he just be another name in the game like the Republican Presidential Primary was in 2016? And what about his family? He would have to uproot them from their home and school to run our great state? It’s his calling is it there’s? We have seen First Lady Melania Trump and Barron Trump stay at Trump Tower instead of moving into the WhiteHouse. The times are a changin?
It’s a lot to think about, in this bloggers opinion I’m on the governor bandwagon for our great mayor and it’s time for a change on the hill. We need a blue collared governors who truly cares for this state and its great citizens. I mean who could be better for the job than him? Come on Mayor Burchett let’s do this!! I mean hurry before Rogero throws her name in the race!
For those interested in the Knox County GOP convention, it could be summarized as much ado about nothing. It was sparsely attended even though the purpose of the meeting was to elect new officers. Refreshments were supplied by local Republican officeholders and prospective candidates for 2018. One new facet of the convention was one having to provide ID to be able to vote.
Although several folks had said they were interested in running for County GOP Chairman, in the end, Buddy Burkhardt was nominated to serve for a second term. Randy Pace did get up to apologize for having caused so much drama, as he was the driving force to deprive the “small” precincts from being able to vote.
In the end, virtually everything stayed the same, which causes one to wonder, was it planned that way? In any event, the convention certainly could not have bolstered the spirits of diehard Knox County Republicans.
Scuttle butt around Knoxville just added another potential candidate for Knox County Mayor. There is a strong rumor Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “JJ” Jones will turn in his handcuffs and golf shoes in favor of a suit and tie to run for Mayor.
Jones could face Knox County Commissioner Brad Anders, a City of Knoxville police officer, in the Republican primary. County Commissioner At-Large Bob Thomas is already an announced candidate and there will likely be others seeking the GOP nod before the 2018 primary. Jones has been vocal in his demand for a big pay raise for Sheriff’s deputies and if elected, might wander away from the rigid fiscal conservatism of Mayor Tim Burchett, which has been wildly popular with the public. That could likely be an issue in the Republican primary.
The rumors are flying around like golf balls on a sunny Monday.
Vol Market 3 on Market had a great turn out for an event sponsored by Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. Burchett’s guest of honor was State Senator Mark Norris, a possible candidate for governor next year. Norris is a thoughtful legislator and has served as Chairman of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee. Currently, Senator Norris is the Senate Majority Leader. The Shelby Countian was one of the louder voices in the legislature the last time the governor discussed raising the gasoline tax; Norris was strongly against an increase in the gas tax.
A host of politicos were moving through the crowd of about 75 people including Law Director Bud Armstrong, County Commission Chairman Dave Wright, Commissioner Charlie Busler, School Board Chair Patty Bounds, Senator Becky Duncan Massey, First District Commissioner Evelyn Gill and Sheriff-wannabe Lee Trammel. Burchett singled out Evelyn Gill for a compliment, saying she is one Commissioner that has her district in mind, knowing her people and what they want.
Norris seemed pleased by the reception he got from Knox Countians and stayed tuned for updates on this blog.
After learning that Congressman Jimmy Duncan and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett spoke to the East Tennessee Libertarian Party recently, I decided to check it out for myself. It just so happened the speaker that night was State Representative Jason Zachary.
Zachary got his start in politics as a candidate against Jimmy Duncan for Congress in 2014 and won a respectable 40% of the vote. Zachary, a member of the House Transportation Committee, emphatically stated he would not support a hike in the gas tax, which will put him at odds with Governor Bill Haslam. Raising the gas tax is a priority for the Haslam administration, but bucking the odds and the powers that be doesn’t seem to bother Jason Zachary in the least.
Perhaps the most interesting question asked of Zachary that night was whether he would be a candidate for Congress in 2018. Jason Zachary said he prayed from election to election and while only time will tell, I believe he’s off and running.