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Monday, February 27, 2006
  GOP Candidate For Governor? Rep. Bill Jenkins hung up his hat last week citing he won't seek re-election. Then I read this on Politics1: A new development in the gubernatorial race. Congressman Bill Jenkins (R) -- who recently announced his decision to retire this year to spend more time with his family -- said Saturday that GOP activists are pressing him to run for Governor. Speaking at the Greene County Lincoln Day Dinner, Jenkins said "This talk of [running for] Governor is pretty heavy ... I want to remind you all, I did that once [in 1970]." Jenkins said he was 33 during that campaign, looked to be in his 20s, and everyone thought he "looked too young" then to be Governor. "I guess I’ve gotten old enough," joked the 69-year-old Jenkins. While Jenkins promised to give the race serious consideration and make a formal decision soon, he said entering the race "would undo all the reasons" why he was retiring from Congress. If Jenkins passes on the race -- as is ultimately expected -- no major GOP hopefuls remain in play to challenge Governor Phil Bredesen (D). So will Bredesen have some GOP competition?  
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