Blue Dog John Tanner of Tennessee to Retire

Congressman John Tanner, who represents the Tennessee Eighth Congressional District  in the northwestern corner of the Volunteer state, is set to announce his retirement according to the National Journal. Rep. Tanner is serving his 11th term in office.

Rep. Tanner becomes the second Democrat and second Blue Dogs to announce his retirement in the past ten days, following Rep. Dennis Moore's (D-KS) decision last month to step down. Both men represent districts that voted heavily for President Bush twice. In the 2008 elections, the TN-08 gave Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) a 56%-43% margin, while Moore's Kansas City-based seat gave President Obama a narrow 51%-48% margin.

Rep. Tanner faced his toughest race in years from Stephen Fincher, a farmer and gospel singer.

Tags: 2010 Mid-Term Elections, Blue Dogs, Rep. John Tanner, TN-08, US House of Representatives (all tags)



Re: Blue Dog John Tanner of Tennessee to Retire

Voted against the Bush tax cuts, but also voted against Cap-n-trade and HCR.

Oh well...

by vecky 2009-12-01 04:38PM | 0 recs
no big loss

That's one less Blue Dog the DCCC will spend $1 million defending next year.

by desmoinesdem 2009-12-01 05:44PM | 0 recs
He sure as hell better vote for healthcare now

He doesnt have an excuse now.  

by Kent 2009-12-01 11:05PM | 0 recs
Re: no big loss

I doubt they're going to just concede the open seat.

by johnny longtorso 2009-12-02 03:51AM | 0 recs


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