Even though Bill Freeman was listed as a possible candidate for U.S. Senate, the successful businessman and democratic fundraiser says he will not run for the seat currently held by republican Bob Corker,
“I ran for Mayor of Nashville in 2015 because that is the only office that I’ve had the desire, passion and personal interest to pursue. I don’t have that same desire to serve at the national level,” wrote Freeman in a recent press statement.
“While many notable leaders of our communities and our state have expressed an interest in this position, I find that it is less important who wins this seat than the important need that the winning candidate holds a proper perspective on leadership.”
In late September Senator Corker announced that he will not be seeking re-election to his position in the U.S. Senate.
It is vital that we all collectively see the importance of a balanced perspective and that the candidate who ultimately fills the position should have the mandate of putting the needs of our state and country above the need to stroke their partisan ideological platforms.
In his statement, Freeman spoke highly of potential candidates from both parties. Both Senator Corker and Governor Haslam, he said, have put the needs of their constituents ahead of partisan politics. When considering potential Democrats he says the person needs to consider the input of all people as important – “not simply the “yes men” that surround them”.
He says the former Nashville Mayor and Governor Phil Bredesen would be a good U.S. Senator. “Among the Democratic leaders who have shepherded a community and led our state, Mr. Bredesen is in a class by himself,” Freeman writes.He also speaks favorable of James Mackler, another Democratic candidate.
The same goes for Republicans, he says. “We all need a capable leader who will insist upon putting the needs of everyone first. We are seeing the challenges facing us with politics that swing too far to one side, regardless of which far side the pendulum is swinging.”
“As one of our most admired Presidents – who served during a time when the word “democrat” wasn’t considered a dirty word, Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”