Speaking about the Incumbent Protection Bill that makes it nearly impossible to run a write-in candidacy, Governor Phil Bredesen admits that he is “sympathetic” toward the legislation. He adds that “he thinks candidates should file to run for the primary before the deadline.”
I agree with the Governor. Candidates should have to file for the primary before the deadline. Now, I hope that he’ll support a bill that I will submit next year that moves the election filing deadline to one week after the end of the legislative session.
The people’s representatives have no business protecting themselves from the people.