Following a weekend display of support from top Republican officials across the state as he announced his intention to seek a third Senate term, Sen. Lamar Alexander received more good news for his 2014 re-election bid.

Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, isn’t interested in challenging him for his seat in Washington.

The two-term governor’s name had been mentioned among those best-suited to take on Alexander, but on Monday, Bredesen told The Tennesseanthat chances were highly unlikely. Bredesen also acknowledged he had been courted by party leaders to consider exploring a candidacy two years from now.

“I don’ think so,” Bredesen said. “I’m always careful to never say ‘never, never, never, never,’ but I’m not doing anything remotely that you would expect me to be doing at this point if I were to be interested in doing that. As I’ve told some of the recruiters, I don’t like it, and I don’t think you’d like me.”


Bredesen made his remarks after urging Tennesseans to support a campaign aimed at trimming the federal deficit. To read the full Tennessean report on his remarks, click here.