Exactly nobody among the throng of people at the Vol Market No. 3 was surprised this morning when he unveiled the worst-kept secret in Knox County – the launch of his campaign for the Second District Congressional seat – and I do not use the word “throng” advisedly. Hundreds packed that parking lot – candidates and wannabes, past and present officeholders, rich and poor and everybody in between.
It always involved helping someone – getting justice for a sexually abused child, helping a down-and-out veteran with mental health issues, finding jobs and places to live for homeless families. We got to know each other’s families and shared good times and bad.