Statement from former Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Mike McWherter; Dec. 22, 2010:
As 2010 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to wish you and your family Merry Christmas.
As well, I would like to share my thoughts as we end what has been a momentous year.
I have been blessed to travel throughout 2010 from Memphis to Mountain City. Each city I visited held many treasures – from the people I was honored to meet to the many celebrations in our state’s small towns and communities. Those traditions and the undeniable spirit of Tennesseans are on my mind at this time of year. People in every corner of this vast state have become new members of my extended family.
The view from the window of our blue Yukon that we traveled in on the campaign trail was amazing. As we drove roughly 150,000 miles crisscrossing this state, I saw the changing leaves in the Smoky Mountains. The familiar skyline of Nashville including the Batman Building welcomed us to the Music City countless times. The many acres of farmland blanketed in soybeans, cotton and corn were like oceans of green before fall arrived these past two years. While I always thought that I was very familiar with Memphis, I got to visit places there like Orange Mound that I had never traveled into before. And then each place in between which has left an undeniable memory with me, and for that I am grateful.
The holiday season is a time to reflect and be thankful for the blessings of the past year with our family, our friends old and new including those that we met on the road – strangers who ultimately became important parts of our lives.
Since the election, I have returned to Jackson and have spent the last few weeks with my beautiful wife, Mary Jane, and our children, Walker and Bess. Walker has had an incredible first semester at Rhodes College in Memphis, and Mary Jane and I received the good news last week that Bess has been accepted at my alma mater Vanderbilt University. I have rolled up my sleeves and gone back to work at Central Distributing, and, like many residents across the state, we are still working to recover from the spring floods that ravaged our state. We, like other Tennesseans, are moving forward and anticipating the new year.
2010 has been a challenging year for everyone. People in the state of Tennessee have faced economic uncertainty and times have been tough. I am not a man that makes many New Year’s resolutions, but I resolve in the new year to continue to be an active member in the Tennessee Democratic Party. One thing I have learned in the last 18 months is that when Tennesseans work together, great things can be accomplished.
2011 is right around the corner with new challenges and opportunities for this great state. I am optimistic. As my father, Governor Ned McWherter, once famously said, “Give me four vanilla wafers and a cup of coffee and I’ll go to work for you.” I am ready to go to work with you and for you in the coming year. With or without cookies and coffee, I will strive to make Tennessee better in 2011.
I wish you and yours peace, joy and happiness this holiday season.
Paid for by Mike McWherter for Governor, Beth Franklin, Treasurer