By SAM HATCHER Is he or is he not? That seems to be the question regarding whether Jackson attorney Mike McWherter will follow in his father’s footsteps and become a candidate for governor in 2010. The son of former Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter was in Lebanon yesterday and visited the Morning Rotary.
He looked like a candidate although he never said he was.
He walked the length of the room a couple of times shaking hands and introducing himself to Rotarians and as one Rotarian appropriately noted “he likely didn’t drive all the way to Lebanon for the breakfast.”
His presence was that of a politician. He listened and was patient as a number of Rotarians told him about either how they knew his father or how they were fond of his father or reminisced about his father’s service in state government as a state representative, as Speaker of the House of Representatives and as governor. Mike McWherter is not yet ready to say he’s a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor but what’s that saying, “if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck . . . it’s probably a duck?”
By the way the Rotary program for the day, presented by Rotarian Reed Thomas, was the world renowned whistler from Mt. Juliet, Pat Sonnier.