In the primary, that is.
Their rationale, however, has me begging to differ.
“Haslam projects the capacity to work with members of both parties to confront the very serious fiscal problems that will confront the next governor in 2011,” the editors write. OK, except that the next legislature looks to be solidly Republican, so that isn’t exactly my No. 1 concern.
They continue: “He has a sense of perspective and a level of maturity that lift him above his competitors in the GOP race.” How about Wamp’s 16 years in Congress and Ramsey’s many years at state government?
“He has the disposition to work well with members of the Tennessee congressional delegation, members of the General Assembly, local officials, business leaders and the public.” Red flag translation: He won’t confront Democrats but will try to appease them.
The newspaper goes on to say “it is troubling, however, that Haslam has declined to make full public disclosure of his personal income tax returns related to his family-owned Pilot Oil Corp.” I guess that means in the general election they are free to bring this up ad nauseum to the detriment of the Republican and benefit of McWherter.
Sometimes an endorsement is anything but, wouldn’t you say?