Frist says he is considering gubernatorial bid in 2010
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Friday said he is considering a bid for Tennesee governor in 2010.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported on its Web site that when asked after a speech whether he will run for governor, the Republican said: “Possibly. I will consider it.”
Frist earlier deflected speculation that he would immediately gear up for a gubernatorial run after he left his Senate seat in January.
Frist told the audience Friday that fellow former Senate Ma-jority Leader Howard Baker had advised him not to run for governor.
“I may need to talk to him (again) about that,” Frist said.
Frist, 55, abandoned a widely expected presidential bid last year, and is now focusing on global health issues. He has signed on to teach at Princeton University and is heading up a Save the Children campaign to lower childhood mortality around the world.
The Senate last month approved President Bush’s nomination of Frist to join the board of the Millennium Challenge Corp., an international aid program that seeks to encourage democracy and openness in poor countries.
Other Republicans who have expressed an interest in running for what will be an open govnerors race include state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp and state Rep. Beth Harwell.
Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
Published in The Messenger 11.12.07