Odom takes swipe at Bredesen over leadership vote

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Democratic House Majority Leader Gary Odom says Gov. Phil Bredesen is trying to hand-pick a new Democratic leader in the General Assembly's lower chamber.

Democrats lost their majority in the House in this month's election, and are scheduled to elect their minority leader on Sunday.

A spokeswoman this week said the governor has "trust issues" with Odom, and that the administration is considering other House members to carry Bredesen's agenda if Odom is elected.

Odom, of Nashville, says he is confident Democrats will reject what he calls Bredesen's "effort to elect his own Democratic Leader."

Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, of Ripley, is the only other Democrat running for the minority leader position.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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