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. BS not Maverick

    Harold Ford should run!

    January 5, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. don't know of him

    I'm a democrat, but I wish him the best of luck and hope we can all find middle ground to fix this mess from the Bush years

    January 5, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. DX in TX

    Is it pronounced Camp with a W or WH like in whopper?

    January 5, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Dave

    Good name....

    January 5, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Fred in KY

    "Wamp!" The sound produced when he goes upside a Democrat's head. ha ha ha h ah ah ah hahhaa hah ah ha ha ha ha

    January 5, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Bubba

    I guess he will also lead the state in run-on sentences...

    January 5, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. Danny in Chicago

    Tennessee.....isn't that where all the Racist Republicans live?

    I have a question – what's worse: Corruption or Racism?

    Or are they pretty much the same? Or does it even matter?

    Either way – Tennessee is think with BOTH.

    January 5, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Jersey_Blues

    Gov. Wamp, LOL

    January 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. SAM

    He's a republican he's going down. wamp, wamp, waaaaaaaaamp!!!

    January 5, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Vicki5

    One typo found:
    Third paragraph should read, ...I will lead our state without vision

    January 5, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Brian

    Tim McGraw for Governor! Dems unite!

    January 5, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Brandon

    Hopefully the Tennessee Democratic party can get a great candidate to run against the republicans. Otherwise, we will have a republican controled government... You see where it has gotten the Federal government... NO WHERE but backwards!!!

    January 5, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. obama-mama

    Zach Wamp, sounds swampy

    January 5, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Retired Army in San Antonio

    "Zach Wamp"?!?!?!?

    What kinda name is THAT?

    It's not as bad as Tripp Palin, but it's way worse than Jeb Bush!

    January 5, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. david thomas

    He sure cannot do any worse than ole Phil. Our educational system has taken a beating under his tenure.

    January 5, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Union Baby

    Zach Wamp or Bill Frist? No difference, except for the face and name. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck – it must be an elephant!
    Good news? It will likely tear a whole in Ron Ramsey's dreams (the self appointed Lt. Gov of Tennessee).
    Tennessee has never, ever produced a decent republican (and in reality no state ever has), for those not from my state please google Tennessee's most hated governor in history – and his name is not Ray Blanton, it's a republican who held the seat during reconstruction.
    You see, republicans never, ever change anything except the amount of money they are able to make off the backs of hard working American's.

    January 5, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. Willy Brown


    January 5, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Sue

    Go, Zach Wamp!!

    January 5, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Ken in Dallas

    I wonder if it ever occurred to him to not breed and stick another generation with that name.

    January 5, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    I am from Tennessee and I hope to GOD that this idiot Zach Wamp does not win!!!

    January 5, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Blake

    Hey "Truth"... I have a degree in economics. I don't approve of the Dems unabashed support of the unions. But if you've been awake for the last eight years (further than that really), you might have noticed that the GOP hasn't really been doing a great job.
    –Former Republican, now Independent, Obama supporter.

    January 5, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. geecee827

    Wow, and people thought Barack Obama was a strange name. Hey, he won, so maybe Zack Wamp has a chance.

    January 5, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. The Truth needs to get a grip

    It was the economics of the repubs that got us to recession after 8 years of asleep at the wheel administration

    you sleep when you drive, you drive off the road

    what a relief the nightmare of the last 8 years is coming to a close, I wish the new administration the best

    January 5, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Paul C.

    LOL, that is one funny name! Almost like SWAMP! ahhaha. Probably another mindless drone who will inspire mindless morons like "The Truth". hehehe hey truth! Keep the tin foil hat on there pal! Yes, let's be a good rightie and break unions ( eliminate health care for workers, paying them a fair wage ) and be a traitor to the American people by selling us out and giving major tax breaks to FOREIGN companies. So before you spew out yearbook answers, try and do a little research so you don't come off as being an uninformed nimrod. There's hope, but I'm not holding my breath! LOLOL

    January 5, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. FreeNLovIt

    I need to say UNITY, but in thinking about it, NONE of the RED States DESERVE any money to help their states. They didnt vote for Obama. Let self-help APPLY TO them!!!

    January 5, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
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