Gloria Johnson Retires from Politics

Source: The Pamphleteer
by Davis Hunt

“It’s official. Gloria Johnson, a peripheral member of the so-called ‘Tennessee Three,’ is retiring from politics. ‘She will spend millions to lose by double digits,’ observes Gillum Ferguson of Johnson’s announcement on Tuesday that she will challenge Marsha Blackburn for US Senate in 2024. As Johnson’s insurgent counterparts, Justin Jones and Justin Pearson, soar toward the ceiling of their popular appeal, Johnson has remained tethered to the ground. Spared the righteous indignation of the Tennessee House when she survived an expulsion vote, Johnson isn’t young enough, black enough, or attractive enough to find purchase as a throwback to the 1960s progressivism that Jones and Pearson so effortlessly embody. … So why would Johnson enter a race that she stands almost no chance of winning, shamelessly campaign on the emotional turmoil of the Covenant tragedy, and vacate one of the few Democratic seats in the Tennessee House?” (09/06/23)