Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Frist Considering Gubernatorial Race

The man is no dummy. A win in the Tennessee governor's race in 2010 would position him well for a Presidential run - but probably not until 2016. Frist would be a spry 64 by then - still young enough to seek the Presidency:


Former Majority Leader Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) is seriously considering a gubernatorial run in Tennessee in 2010, possibly setting up a White House bid further down the road.

Sources in Washington and Tennessee say Frist, who will turn 55 next month, is leaning heavily toward a run for the governor’s office, where he could gain executive experience that might position him to try for the presidency in either 2012 or 2016.

“It’s a done deal,” said a source with knowledge of Frist’s plans.

Frist was considering a 2008 presidential run until late last year, when he announced he would not run, opening the door for a bid at the Volunteer State’s governor’s office.

Waiting three to eight years before making a gubernatorial or presidential bid would provide Frist needed distance from his unenviable tenure as Senate majority leader, a period that culminated in the Democrats’ takeover of Congress last November.

The Senator seems to be taking the long view on this. He's probably more popular in Tennessee than he is on the national stage. And if he has a good run as Governor, no one will remember the disappointment of his tenure as Majority Leader 10 years from now. But a run in 2012 would essentially be out of the question; no one seeks the Presidency right after being elected to a first term as governor.

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3 comments:

sanskritg said...

Would the voters of Tennessee take kindly to being used?

Frist doesn't want to be Governor of Tennessee as much as he wants to President of the United States. Since he would only be using Tennessee as a stepping stone, what about running of the state in the first place?

retrofuturistic said...

Remind me again, sanskritg, how successful New York Republicans were in using that argument against Senator Hillary in 2000.

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