Around the South for Aug. 21: TN, VA & FL


Tennessee: Corker mum on Trump renomination. After US Sen. Bob Corker (R) stated that President Donald Trump lacked the “stability” or “competence” to be president of these United States, Roll Call columnist Jonathan Allen asked the Senator’s office whether Corker would back Trump’s renomination in 2020. The reply from Corker’s communications director was both terse and telling: “I don’t have anything to add to the senator’s comments yesterday.” Corker, btw, is one of the Senate’s most influential Republicans ……. Virginia: Trump’s comments clash with Gillespie’s campaign. Former National Republican Chairman Ed Gillespie, the GOP nominee for governor in this fall’s election, has been trying to avoid too close a tie to President Trump, who lostVirginia by five points last year. But the President’s comments on the violence inCharlottesville have made Gillespie’s task more difficult by “directly injecting national politics into the Virginia governor’s race,” as the Washington Post put it. In response, Gillespie tweeted that the opinions of neo-Nazis and white supremacists “have no redeeming value whatsoever: Simple as that.” He did not mention the President …….Florida: Will Awan sing? Former IT technician Imran Awan continued to work for US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) after three other congressional offices fired him once he was denied access to the US House official computer network. At the time of his arrest, Awan was boarding a plane back to Pakistan and was charged with bank fraud and making false statements. Sunshine State News columnist Leslie Wimes wrote that Awan “may know something we SHOULD know about Wasserman Schultz.” She added that the congresswoman “had better hope Imran Awan doesn’t have anything on her, because if he does, he is telling it. All of it.” …….