Constitutional Officers Nominated By GOP On First BallotFormer House Republican Leader Tre Hargett has been nominated by the Joint Republican House and Senate Caucus for Tennessee Secretary of State. It is speculated that 2006 GOP gubernatorial nominee Jim Bryson finished second.
In the Treasurer's race, David Lillard won out because of two factors. The first was that West Tennessee Republicans seemed to unite behind Lillard in a bloc. Secondly, a strong movement developed among Senate Republicans to keep Ira Brody out of the Treasurer's office amidst revelations of lawsuits against Brody and his corporation and business interests that the candidate failed to disclose. In addition, an "anti-Brody" movement formed that seemed determined to bar the door from Brody by any means necessary, even if it meant nearly the entire 19 Senate Republicans voting as a bloc to prevent a Brody victory-only 35 votes were needed to win.
Former Johnson City Mayor Vance Cheek, Jr. indicated that he was "very pleased" that a good man was elected. Several East Tennessee Representatives expressed concern to The World that Upper East Tennessee was literally getting all of the pie from Speaker of both Houses on down, and some felt the need to divide the spoils of Republican victory more fairly.