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An insider’s account of the secret bipartisan plot to oust a governor
The Day the Democrats Ousted Their Governor, Put RepublicanLamar Alexander in Ofce Early, and Stopped a Pardon Scandal
Fwd by John l. Seigenthaler
is the behind-the-scenes story o anabrupt political transition, unprecedentedin US history. Based on 160 interviews,Hunt describes how collaborators cametogether rom opposite sides o the politicalaisle and, in an extraordinary ew hours,reached agreement that the corruption andmadness o the sitting Governor o ennessee,Ray Blanton, must be stopped. Te suddentranser o power that caught Blanton un-awares was deemed necessary because o whatone FBI agent called “the state’s most heinouspolitical crime in hal a century”—a schemeo selling pardons or cash.
On January 17, 1979, driven by new inormation that some o the worst crimi-nals in the state’s penitentiaries were aboutto be released (and ears that James EarlRay might be one o them), a small bipar-tisan group chose to take charge. SeniorDemocratic leaders, riends o the sittinggovernor, together with the Republicangovernor-elect Lamar Alexander (now US Senator rom ennessee), agreed tooust Blanton rom ofce beore anothernight ell. It was a maneuver unique inAmerican political history.
political science / southern studies / us history / regional
In his early career,
was a reporter,editorial writer, Washington correspondent,and City Editor or the Nashville
He let the newspaper to join LamarAlexander’s successul campaign or Governoro Tennessee. Following the 1978 election,he was appointed Special Assistant to theGovernor, serving as a speechwriter andcoordinator o the Governor’s Policy Group.Since 1986 he has been a speechwriter andpublic afairs consultant.
The Day the Democrats Ousted Their Governor,Put Republican Lamar Alexander in Office Early,and Stopped a Pardon Scandal
Foreword by John L. Seigenthaler
Auus 2013248 pas, 7 x 10 incs41 b& ps, appnix, inxc $27.50 ISBN 978-0-8265-1932-0bk $ 9.99 ISBN 978-0-8265-1934-4
Te individual stories o those government ocials involved in the coup—each account unique, but all o them intersecting—werescattered like disconnected pieces o a jigsaw puzzle on the table o history until theauthor conceived this book. Perhaps becauseit happened so quickly, and without major disagreement, protest, or dissent, this trulyhistoric moment has been buried in the public mind. In unearthing the drama in gripping detail, Keel Hunt assures that the‘dark day’ will be remembered as a bright one in which conficted politicians cametogether in the public interest.”
from the forewordBy johN l. SeIgeNthAler:
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