Former Gov. Bill Haslam still weighing 2020 U.S. Senate run

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Former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is still weighing one of the state’s most anticipated political decisions. 

Will he or won’t he run for the U.S. Senate in 2020 when the seat becomes open with Lamar Alexander’s retirement? 

Haslam has been pretty quiet publicly since leaving the governor’s office two months ago. 

He did show up in a personal tweet Sunday showing him with wife Chrissy at the University of Tennessee’s men’s basketball game in Columbus, Ohio where the team advanced to the NCAA tournament’s “Sweet 16.” 

In January, during an interview with News 2, the former governor said “This one I am giving serious thought to. Senate seats only come up so often.”  

It’s the second time Haslam has considered a U.S. Senate seat in the last two years. 

The first was when Bob Corker said he would not run for re-election in 2017, but Haslam decided against a run then. 

“Mainly because I knew this last year of being governor would be taken up running for Senate,” said Haslam in January 

At the time, Haslam said the Senate decision might come in March. But now, those close to him have indicated there is no immediate timetable. 

During his interview two months ago, the former governor was aware other potential candidates are waiting to hear what he does.  

“I don’t think it’s fair to the people who are interested in the process to not say at some point in time,” added Haslam. “And for our own sake, if we are not going to do that, we want to get about the other things we will be doing.” 

Other names often mentioned as potential Republican U.S. Senate candidates include U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty and Middle Tennessee Congressman Mark Green. 

Nashville lawyer James Mackler has entered the race on the Democrat side. 

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