Haslam picks up newspaper endorsements

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, a republican candidate for governor, netted some major endorsements Sunday - shortly before early voting begins.

Haslam got the support of the "Commercial Appeal" in Memphis, "The Tennessean" in Nashville and "The News Sentinel" in Knoxville.

Haslam's campaign says the endorsements are seen as a statewide network of support for the Knoxville mayor.

Editors at the News Sentinel say endorsing candidates always sparks discussion among voters.

According to News Sentinel Editor Jack McElroy, Haslam is the best choice.

"He's a pragmatic politician, not an idealogue," McElroy said. "He'll do what's best for the state, and we think he has the tools to lead."

Haslam faces U.S. Congressman Zach Wamp, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Joe Kirkpatrick and Basil Marceaux Sr. in the Republican primary. Early voting begins July 16. The primary will be held Aug. 5.


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  • by jeff Location: nashville on Jul 12, 2010 at 04:48 PM
    i sure hope he gets to keep on being the knoxville mayor because that will mean hes not the governor.....
  • by Tom TURNER Location: knoxville on Jul 12, 2010 at 12:57 AM
    wow...how bout that...he gets the endorsment of a newspaper his family owns...now thats surprising...

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