Nepotism and Tennessee Politics

Source: The Pamphleteer
by Davis Hunt

“Two idioms stand firm: an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and birds of a feather flock together. Both are true in politics. It’s not entirely surprising that many politicians have politically ambitious spouses or well-connected family members. In fact, one might observe that Americans have a strange fascination with politically influential families. We allow children of former Presidents to become talk show pundits for heaven’s sake. When thumbing through the rolodex of who’s who in Tennessee’s political landscape, we found some interesting connections. Below we’ve compiled some insight regarding political ties, how the web is woven throughout Nashville and the surrounding area, and how it may affect decision making. In Tennessee, we have a few influential Coopers but only two are related to one another.” (05/10/22)