What is Padgett's Philosophy?Democratic U.S. Senate candidate William Mike Padgett is on The Voice this morning reminding all of us why he will not be elected.
He can't speak worth a hoot, and I would hate to hear him embarrass himself with an address on the Senate floor.
Padgett says he is opposed to the death tax-that's great, but in the same conversation, he essentially admitted that he would have no problem raising taxes. He also said he was an "Appalachian conservative Democrat." In the mold of who, Mike? Who is Mike Padgett's great political example-as the conservative that he was just on the radio claiming to be? Since Padgett himself has made this claim, I think it is a fair question to ask: To whom can we look to as a comparison for Mike Padgett's political philosophy?
Mike Padgett has served on the Knox County School Board and as Knox County Clerk-that is all he has ever done politically. It is fine for people to run for local office and serve therein for many years to better the community-and the truth is that for the most part, Mike Padgett didn't do a terrible job as Knox County Clerk. Indeed, I think more people should do what Mike Padgett did and get involved at the local level. In Tennessee, County Clerk is a mandated constitutional position, and because of our form of government it is an important one. Even so, serving as County Clerk is a far cry from the United States Senate.