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VOL. 36 | NO. 50 | Friday, December 14, 2012

Fitzhugh mulls longshot gubernatorial bid

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NASHVILLE (AP) - House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh is mulling a gubernatorial bid in 2014, but the Ripley Democrat says it's not because he believes he can defeat Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

Fitzhugh tells The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/UDufYi) that he would want to run an "issues" campaign designed not to harm other candidates running for offices around the state.

The Democrats' U.S. Senate nominee this year was part-time flooring installer Mark Clayton, whom the party immediately disavowed upon his primary victory for what they deemed extreme anti-gay views. Clayton was trounced by incumbent Republican Sen. Bob Corker last month.

Fitzhugh said he will wait as long as possible to make up his mind on a gubernatorial bid in order to avoid a long campaign.