Phil Bredesen announced Thursday that he will be a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate.
Scott Golden, chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party, said, "Former Governor Phil Bredesen's record represents the Tennessee of yesterday when Democrats labeled extreme unemployment rates, higher taxes, and a total lack of government transparency as 'prospering.' A lot has changed in the last 16 years, since the first time he ran for statewide office".
"I think Tennessee is still a Republican state, but I think any Republican should always go into a race thinking 'I have to win a primary and I have to win a general, ' and run the race accordingly", said the Knoxville Republican.
Bredesen is 74, and was the mayor of Metro Nashville from 1991 to 1999.
"We all know Washington is broken", he also said.
National Democrats have courted Bredesen for months to run, seeing him as their best - and perhaps only - chance to win the seat in a state where President Trump won by 26 percentage points.
Multiple media reports including one from The Tennessean in Nashville say Phil Bredesen is expected to announce his candidacy for the seat being vacated by current Senator Bob Corker.
Major Republican candidates include Marsha Blackburn and Stephen Fincher.
Bredesen earned his fortune as a health care entrepreneur and served two terms each as Nashville mayor and governor.
She continued, "Bredesen's views are out-of-touch with Tennessee values, he supported President Obama's liberal policies, is against second amendment rights and even authored a plan to give illegal immigrants driving certificates".