Press Release from Bill Haslam for Governor; July 11, 2010:
Commercial Appeal, Tennessean, Knoxville News Sentinel Back Haslam Days before Early Voting
KNOXVILLE – Major newspapers in each of Tennessee’s three Grand Divisions today endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate and Knoxville mayor Bill Haslam for governor, citing his experience, leadership and temperament.
The endorsements are indicative of the statewide network of support Haslam – the first of the three Republican candidates to visit and garner support from all 95 counties – has worked hard to build during the last 18 months.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal writes: “[Haslam] has a sense of perspective and a level of maturity that lift him above his competitors in the GOP race. 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…GOP voters looking for a candidate who will remain true to core party principles and best represent what is admirable about the people of this state should give strong consideration to Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam.”
The Tennessean writes: “In looking at the political history and campaign comments of Haslam and his opponents, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey of Blountville and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp of Chattanooga, it’s clear they share similar views on social issues — abortion, guns, the death penalty. Therefore, the choice comes down to how well each of the candidates would manage the state’s affairs, set policies that will best address the challenges Tennessee faces, and represent the needs of all Tennesseans regardless of where they live, their economic standing and their personal beliefs. It is on those criteria that Bill Haslam emerges, head and shoulders, as the best candidate.”
The Knoxville News Sentinel writes: “[Haslam’s] management of the city indicates he would manage the state’s affairs with competence as well. Haslam’s campaign has remained positive and focused on the skills he would bring to the governor’s office, despite the sniping of his opponents. He has come off as the most reasonable, civil and thoughtful of the GOP hopefuls.”
Haslam has run a relentlessly positive campaign, talking about the issues Tennesseans care most about: jobs, education and budget management, and recent polls and these endorsements show Tennesseans regard him as the candidate with the leadership experience, proven record of success and temperament to lead Tennessee as it faces difficult challenges with unique opportunities.
Mayor Haslam is the two-term Republican Mayor of Knoxville, reelected in 2007 with 87 percent of the vote. A hardworking, conservative public servant, Haslam led Knoxville to become one of the top ten metropolitan areas for business and expansion, while reducing the city’s debt, tripling the rainy day fund, reducing the number of city employees to the lowest amount in 15 years and bringing property taxes to the lowest rate in 50 years. An executive leader with a proven record of success, he helped grow his family’s small business from 800 employees into one of Tennessee’s largest companies with 14,000 employees. For more information on Bill Haslam, please visit www.BillHaslam.com.