Governor Ramsey of Tennessee?

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen is a rumored candidate for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. If Bredesen is picked, a Republican, Ron ...
by | February 6, 2009

LtGovRamsey Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen is a rumored candidate for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. If Bredesen is picked, a Republican, Ron Ramsey, would be the new governor.

Under Tennessee's strange system, the state senate is responsible for picking a lieutenant governor (the same person serves as speaker of the senate and lieutenant governor). Ramsey, a longtime legislator, won the post in 2007.

I'm skeptical that Bredesen will get the job, both because many health care activists don't seem to like the idea and because President Obama would be handing a second governorship (after Arizona) to the Republicans. Other governors have been mentioned for the job too, including Kansas' Kathleen Sebelius, Ohio's Ted Strickland and Massachusetts' Deval Patrick.

Josh Goodman
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