published Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

House Dem shocked by GOP's gains in state

NASHVILLE — State House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner said today that, while he expected Republicans to gain in Tuesday’s midterm elections, the GOP’s 14-seat gain in the House was a shock.

“I just think there was so much anger at Washington. It was just a backlash against Washington that we got caught up in,” Turner, of Nashville, told reporters this morning, hours after Democrats’ representation in the 99-member state district went from 48 to 34 seats.

The anger was exacerbated by a large amount of Republican dollars flowing into Tennessee in the final days of the campaign, he added.

Turner said he feared he would lose his Nashville seat. He survived, but white Democratic lawmakers from Tennessee’s rural areas took it on the chin Tuesday that boosted Republican control of the state House from 50 to 64.

Ten of the 12 white Democratic incumbents who lost their re-elections hailed from largely rural areas, including Rep. George Fraley, D-Winchester.

Two other white lawmakers — Rep. Jim Hackworth, D-Clinton, and Rep. Kent Coleman, D-Murfreesboro — represented more urban areas.

Democrats also lost two open seats held by white Democrats who retired.

Of the remaining 34 Democrats, 19 are white and 15 are black. Turner, who is white, said he is weighing whether to seek the caucus chairmanship or House minority leader slot.

All 64 House Republicans are white.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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Musicman375 said...

Andy, why are you making this story race related? Am I missing something, or can you just not let it go?

November 3, 2010 at 2:22 p.m.
realityrox said...

Shocked? Really?

Wasn't a study released last year showing where Tennessee ranked in the bottom 10 states in education?

November 3, 2010 at 3:04 p.m.
realityrox said...

dang indian... you must suck at tech support.

November 3, 2010 at 3:08 p.m.
rolando said...

They are always surprised. Shows just how far out of touch they are with the citizenry.

We knew for a year where this thing was going; maybe they will listen a little closer next time, ya think?

Exactly why is Sarah Palin still so popular? Why did so many TEA Party-endorsed candidates get elected? Keep ignoring/insulting her/them and, come 2012, you will again wonder what happened. Take this election as a heads up, dudes and dudettes.

The tidal wave reached us here in Tennessee, too. It can come again.

November 3, 2010 at 3:08 p.m.
rolando said...

We are at the bottom because our schools are overloaded with "administrative" people and underloaded with qualified, interested teachers, realityrox.

That and the teachers' unions, the administration, and the government mandate/decide the curriculum; i.e., heavy on basketweaving, diversity, sports, recess and light on the three Rs.

And you wonder why we suck internationally? If it wasn't for the Asians here with their ethos to hold us up, the US would be behind even Afghanistan. The Asians are so dedicated, we must handicap them for entry into our universities.

November 3, 2010 at 3:19 p.m.
allen said...

Yes, the Americans are mad and taking back our country. The democrates have not cared they are just seating in Washington still getting their paychecks and not fighting for the Americans who put them there. And by the way quit blaming Bush, it started going down hill with Clinton. By the way, why has no one held the President liable for not ever being able to show his birth certificate????? Uh Hello that should be the first thing before anyone is ever elected to run the country, that they need show proof of who they really are. Makes you wonder what is he hiding???? That should answer all the questions for the Americans right there, not to mention the trillions of dollars he has spent and the country is in worse shape now than 2 years ago.

November 3, 2010 at 5:46 p.m.
eeeeeek said...

You might as well go all the way back to the President that really tees you off.

"Freaking Lincoln and his freeing the slaves crap.. if it wasn't for him, we'd be living in high heaven with a white president in the confederate states.

November 3, 2010 at 6:20 p.m.
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