Lt. Gov Ramsey ‘doesn’t want bloodbath’ to succeed him

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey said Monday he “does not want a bloodbath” among the Tennessee State Senators who will choose among themselves to replace him.

There is already talk of a plan that would put Sen. Randy McNally in the position.

Republican State Senate Majority leader Mark Norris said Monday he has all but ended his efforts to seek the powerful Lt. Governor post while also talking about an idea where his fellow lawmaker Sen. Randy McNally of Oak Ridge would replace Ramsey for one four-year term.

McNally told News 2 Monday that since Ramsey decided Wednesday not to seek re-election, he has met with 28 Republicans in the state Senate “to see if it would be a good idea if I do this. And I feel pretty good about it, but it’s a long time until December.”

That’s when the Senate Republicans caucus will choose a candidate for the Senate Speaker position, which also doubles as Lt. Governor.

Republicans are assured of winning the dual post since they hold a 28-5 majority in the Senate.

Both Norris and McNally said they have already talked about Ramsey’s succession over dinner.

Other senators who have indicated an interest in the Lt. Governor position include Rutherford County’s Bill Ketron, Williamson County’s Jack Johnson and Hamilton County’s Bo Watson.

Ketron, who is also Senate Republican Caucus chair, told News 2 it’s premature to talk about what may happen with the Lt. Governor’s position come December, but he indicated that he has a dinner this week McNally.

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