January 5th, 2009
01:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Zach Wamp enters Tennessee governors race

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/05/art.zach.gi.jpg caption="Wamp is running for governor of Tennessee."](CNN) - Tennessee Rep. Zach Wamp, a Republican, announced Monday he is entering his state's 2010 gubernatorial race.

The announcement comes one day after former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, also a Republican from Tennessee, said he was not interested in the job.

"While so much is good in Tennessee, I know in my heart we can continue to do better. From education, economic development, infrastructure and transportation to safer cities and healthier children, I will lead our state with vision, planning and implementation while setting goals and achieving results for a better Tennessee," Wamp said in a statement posted on his Web site.

Wamp has served in Congress since 1995 and represents Tennessee's 3rd district, which covers a north-south strip of the eastern part of the state and includes Chattanooga. In November, he was reelected with nearly 70 percent of the vote.

The current Tennessee governor, Democrat Phil Bredesen, is unable to run again due to term limits.


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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Flash news

    Live, from the hillbilly Capital of South,its the Swampwamp.He will continue to hire slave labor scabs for foreign auto makers that he subsidizes and take all the pocket change he can find.

    January 5, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Proud American

    Looks like republicans can always find another Idiot.

    January 5, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. VALUES

    How about that name. Ha Ha Ha.

    January 5, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Spencer/Virginia

    Wow! A Republican. Do they even make those people anymore?

    January 5, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Polar Bears Against Palen

    Who cares?

    January 5, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. proud army and navy mom

    Wamp is the same person who when he first was elected to Congress promised that he would only run one term. He hastily went by on his word with hardly any explanation. These simple minded people re-elected him because he's a "good ole boy".

    The TN repugs are a nasty lot, they do not apologize or make excuses for their bigotry, and the people here, repugs and some democrats swallow every word of it because they are too ignorant or too corrupt to do want change.

    January 5, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. J.P..

    "It's not impossible. I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home, they're not much bigger than two meters."

    January 5, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Franky

    "While so much is good in Tennessee, I know in my heart we can continue to do better. From education, economic development, infrastructure and transportation to safer cities and healthier children, I will lead our state with vision, planning and implementation while setting goals and achieving results for a better Tennessee," Wamp said in a statement posted on his Web site."

    Hmmmm, not bad said, not bad...

    And don't forget about the Titans and Vols to name a few, Tennesse is the spot...

    January 5, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Venia

    After this disasterous presidency and the prior six years of rethuglican rule all republicans should be barred from running for any office until we can restore this country. They have ruined it.

    January 5, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Terry

    Republicans have been particularly adept at persuading Southerners to vote against their own self-interest. I'm sure that this gubernatorial candidate will support the free market, traditional marriage, the war against terrorism, school vouchers, and the right to choose your own physician. He will be opposed to flag burning, gay rights, unions, socialized medicine, and short skirts.

    He will not mention declining wages, crappy working conditions, and no benefits. He will not call his voters morons – at least to their faces. He will not mention that Tennesseeans have voted for guys like him for a long time and that they have nothing to show for it.

    Maybe Sarah Palin will come give a speech for him.

    January 5, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Blake

    OMG! We're barely into '09 and this guy's announcing his campaign– for a GUBERNATORIAL race a year and a half away! It seems like we're in a non-stop campaign cycle which knows no end... kind of like bureaucracy.
    🙁

    January 5, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. MikeH

    Oh Man, you gotta have a lot of heart to campaign with that name.

    If he's honest, and not a religious wacko of facist, I hope he wins.

    January 5, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. demwit

    CNN is evidently having a hard time keeping up with all the liberal hate now being directed at Obama. Better keep on top of that.., would want to think I could actually get unfiltered truth here.

    January 5, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Darth Vadik, CA

    Another Republican crook and bigot.
    Yes, all of you Republicans are bigots, have you seen the hate and fear they showed for Obama. Oh my God, you'd think because a man is not white and is not named John Smith, he is, boooo, dangerous.

    That is bigotry by any definition.

    At the same time, Bush, a man responsible for maybe a million deaths (in this world), including over 4000 american service men and women, FOR HIS EGO AND DADDY PROBLEMS, is a "good christian man."

    If that is a definition of a "good christian", I'd rather be a bad buddhist.

    January 5, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Andrew, NY

    Why couldn't it be one of the bushes instead or preferably the current president/terrorist George Bush?

    January 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Bell

    I wonder if it ever occured to him to change hi name?

    January 5, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. Bell

    I meant his.

    January 5, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. TexAnnie *-*-*-*-*

    Democratic Party of Tennessee– where are you??

    January 5, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. swampwamp?

    Hows that sludge thing coming along.Coal is a good thing you say,glad to hear it.

    January 5, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Joyce

    Zach Wamp?!!

    January 5, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Pam

    Does anyone in the south have a normal name?

    January 5, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. The Truth

    Well, some good news, a republican is getting the chance to do some good. but, no we should get a democrat in there to regulate business, support unions to the point where it forces business into other states, and to raise taxes so much that more people and businesses go bankrupt. i am glad at this one victory of real "Hope". Get a real grip on economics, liberals.

    January 5, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. obama-mama

    Zach Wamp, sounds swampy

    January 5, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. Mike

    Who? Who is this guy?

    January 5, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Barack Hussein Obama

    You gotta love that name!

    January 5, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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