He will toe the democrat line if elected.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Phil Bredesen is a Democrat. But he’d rather you not mention that.
“I need to make clear to everybody my independence from all of the national Democratic stuff,” said Bredesen, the former two-term governor of Tennessee who is now running for the U.S. Senate.
So far, his strategy appears to be working. According to internal polling by both parties, Bredesen has a narrow lead over Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn in a state that President Donald Trump won by 26 points, and capturing the open seat would strengthen Democrats’ chances of taking back control of the Senate in the November elections.
Bredesen, a 74-year-old white man, is an unlikely vessel for the hopes of a national party increasingly reliant on younger voters, women and minorities — and nominating more candidates that fit that same profile. He says Democrats wouldn’t be able to reliably count on his vote in the Senate, and foresees playing a role like that of Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who has broken with the GOP on several high-profile issues.