Awkward…

Tennessee Report has a story up about the close proximity in the State Senate of two Republicans seeking the TN-06 nomination:

Sen. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, and Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, sit just a few feet apart on the floor of the state Senate, so it might seem a bit awkward for them to do state business as they run against each other for Congress in the 6th District.

But there is no such awkwardness, no friction, they say.

The formalities of the Senate floor erase any spirit of competition other than the normal debate of the General Assembly, not that the two Republicans have much to disagree about anyway. While Black and Tracy are far from the only ones seeking to replace Democratic Rep. Bart Gordon, who is retiring from the seat, the circumstance does give the 6th District race a strong flavor of state government in the field.

When asked about their proximity on the Senate floor, Tracy immediately said, “It has no effect. If you remember, I refereed basketball for 25 years, so I’m used to just concentrating on what I need to do. We go in there to do a job, and that’s how I look at it.”

Black concurs.

“It’s not awkward for me,” she said. “It’s just the way we do things.”

It may not be awkward for them now, but I feel certain it will be next session when they return to the state legislature and have to sit so close.

As we reported yesterday, Marine Corps Captain Ben Leming has filed for the Democratic Primary, to the best of my knowledge, unopposed. Due to his current active status with the Marines, Leming cannot campaign until his active duty ends May 1.

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