Bill Haslam is a self made man. He has successfully represented the people of Knoxville as their mayor. People up there love him. He knows the difference between needed government and too much government.
He is a part of one of the most successful families in Tennessee. As a part of the Pilot Oil executive staff, Bill has contributed on a daily basis towards the success of the company before entering politics. He has earned the right to use his legally earned resources towards his political ambitions.
The fact that his father has cemented strong relationships across the state in advance of his son's political career is an asset worth leveraging. It makes no difference that the tried and true conservative and even moderately conservative wing of the party has more ties to Bill's father than to the candidate himself.
Bill Haslam is the real deal. He'll work hard for the State. It's time for Ted Welch and Bill's father, Jim, to fade into the pasture and let the new generation lead.
Let's allow the people (and not the old guard) to elect the next Governor. Bill has my vote and support.
Soon the curtain will be pulled.