Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Congressman Davis Plans Long Stay in Office

The straight-up fact is that when a person nabs the 1st District Congressional seat, it's pretty much theirs for as long as they wish to have it. Since 1963, only three Republicans have held the seat - Jimmy Quillen (1963-1997), Bill Jenkins (1997-2007) and current Congressman David Davis.

So it is no surprise to read in the Rogersville Review that he plans to run again, and that the seat is already locked up in his view:

I haven’t made any official announcement yet, but I do plan to run for re-election,” Davis said.

The congressman said he is not aware of anyone “seriously” looking at mounting a challenge in the Republican primary, and he noted a Democrat has not been elected to serve the district since 1878.

“There is a possibility somebody might come out in the primary, but I have run in primaries before and I think I would be able to win again,” Davis said. “When you look at the history of the district, once you win the primary and are elected the voters tend to send you back if you do a good job of representing the values of East Tennessee."

However, I continue to hear rumblings from the upper East TN GOP that they wish to make Davis a one-term man. I'd expect a small battle in the primaries - though as Davis said, history is his ally.

Still, I wonder if no changes over a 100-year period indicate contentment or indifference.


  1. Anonymous10:42 AM

    History is your ally, except when it's not. That's one of the key lessons of history.

    You would be wise to recall that David Davis took only 22 percent of the vote in the GOP primary. He won by just 576 votes, less than one percent of the votes cast.

    More importantly, Republican Party candidates that more closely represent the East Tennessee mainstream split the vote and Davis snuck in.

    What do you expect Davis to say to a newspaper? "I think I might have a hard time being elected because I received less than 25 percent of the primary vote."

    That kind of stuff happens a lot.

    As for a Democrat winning, look how far down they had to go on the candidate list before they could find someone gullible enough to run. Rick Trent.

    Trent's rationale for running was that the district had been Republican for so long, a Democrat had to win sooner or later.

    His logic is akin to a person who has to choose between heads and tails when flipping a nickel.

    A nickel will land on head or tails 99.99999 percent of the time. This time, Trent reason, I'll bet that it will stand on its edge.

  2. Anonymous7:36 PM

    You don't "hear" shit, Joe. All that you know about this Davis story is something you read in a newspaper. It's beyond pathetic. Don't pretend you have news sources. You don't.

  3. Anonymous7:43 PM

    Still, I wonder if no changes over a 100-year period indicate contentment or indifference.

    does the fact that democrats continue to be elected in boston or the fact that republicans continue to be be elected in idaho represent contentment or indifference?

    you're asking the wrong question.

  4. Anonymous10:22 PM

    Such nasty talk from east tenn's Republicans, Joe. These are voters with "values"?

  5. Anonymous4:45 PM

    Don't let them get you down, Joe. You do a good job.