State Rep. Joe McCord (R-Maryville) announced last night that he will not seek re-election:
Such a move by someone considered the poster-boy for political flexibility by some will inevitably give rise to speculation that Joe McCord may have been about to face stiff primary opposition in a year when there may be stiff political consequences for many of those members of the General Assembly who are seen to have been friendly to the previous regime-and it is terribly hard to make the case that Joe McCord was not a part of Jimmy Naifeh's gang of merry men. However, it is equally difficult to say that Joe McCord has spent his entire career in State politics engaging in the business of self-interest. The evidence strongly suggests that McCord's chief concern was the business of Blount and Sevier Counties, but that he somehow managed to operate under the strong delusion that Jimmy Naifeh actually cared for his heavily-Republican district and not merely about maintaining his power base.
Labels: Elections, Republican Party, Tennessee politics