Odds are that if you were watching The Gong Show back in the 1970s, you were watching because you wanted to catch "The Unknown Comic."
The Unknown Comic was a hugely successful gimmick dreamed up by comedian Murray Langston, who donned a paper bag to cover his face so that no one knew who he was while on television. It ended up being the career maker for a previously unremarkable comedian.
If you are in Tennessee politics, that's kind of the interesting thing about Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ward Cammack, the "Unknown Candidate."
As NashvillePost.com has been reporting, the Nashville businessman has put together a campaign staff larger than most at this stage of the game preparing for the 2010 governor's race. He has even hired Gov. Phil Bredesen's media consultants, the D.C. firm of Murphy/Putnam Media.
Still, no one really knows who the guy is other than a Belle Meade millionaire who never has been involved in politics and has decided he wants to be governor. Former State REp. Kim McMillan, who is also running for the Democratic nomination, is very well known throughout the state's political establishment. Cammack? Not at all.
Later this month, Cammack will be holding his first campaign fund-raiser – $250 per person or couple – where "payment must be received to attend the event."
While we at NashvillePost.com continue to be intrigued by Cammack's political moves, some people prominent in Nashville's business and legal communities already have signed on to host the event.
Among them are real estate investor and former Harding Academy board member Tom Corcoran, health care executives Rock Morphis and Gene Fleming, businessmen Steve Preston, John Rochford, Steve Fridrich, T.J. Wilt and Art Rebrovick, attorneys Bill Harbison, Chase Cole, Donald McKenzie and Henry Walker, and plastic surgeon Joe DeLozier.
Maybe they can tell you more about who Cammack is. We certainly will be watching.