In an article in the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, newly announced Democratic exploratory Gubernatorial candidate Kim McMillan paints herself as a Bredesen Democrat and seems to have found an ally in her move to box out Rep. Lincoln Davis in House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh:
When she first arrived on Capitol Hill in Nashville, it didn't her long to win over such political stalwarts as state House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh, D-Covington. Naifeh — widely viewed as the most powerful politician in Tennessee other than Gov. Phil Bredesen — told The Leaf-Chronicle Saturday he could support a McMillan bid for governor.
"When she first came to the Legislature, we knew we had a bright star on our hands. She wasn't considered a freshman legislator for long. She really began standing out in the crowd when she became majority leader.
"Kim is one of the brightest individuals I have ever served with. She always knows her subjects, and how to present them," Naifeh said...
..."I am not surprised that she is interested in running for governor. I think she'd make an excellent governor, and I do see her as someone I could support.
"It's time we broke that gender barrier in Tennessee," he said.
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