John jay Hooker running for governor: The Tennessean is reporting that John Jay Hooker, a Nashville lawyer and two-time Democratic nominee for governor, (and now a a blogger) plans to challenge Gov. Phil Bredesen in the party primary next year.
His fellow Democrat has been “awful” in his handling of TennCare and ethics, Hooker said, citing instances when Bredesen’s staff shredded sexual harassment files and handed out honorary trooper badges. And he faults the governor for accepting campaign funds from out-of-state donors and political action committees, a common fundraising practice. Hooker said he would raise taxes or impose a state income tax to keep people enrolled on TennCare. “I’m going to raise hell about this corruption and how he’s let down people who need TennCare, and I believe I’ll get a lot of votes,” Hooker said.