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bringing disgrace to Tennessee, by making Nashville the hillbilly capital of the United States.
Governor Cooper is supported by political boss Ed (Red Snapper) Crump, who is said to rim Shelby County and Memphis with an ironclad grip. And thereby hangs a tale. It being an off-day for news in Nashville, Beazely Thomp­son, a reporter for the Nashville Tennessean, decided to stir up a little excitement. He reported Governor Cooper's acid comment to Acuff, and said it would be a fitting re­venge if Acuff were to run for governor. Acuff absently nodded, and this was all the encouragement Thompson needed. He immediately got up a petition, and now Acuff has been entered in the 1944 Democratic primaries. Boss Crump has been reported as much worried for the first time in his career. The Memphis Commercial Appeal pictorially demonstrated the crisis in Tennessee politics when it re­cently ran a cartoon showing a Capitol Hill politico stand­ing outside a music shop and gazing pensively at a fiddle. The caption underneath read, "I wonder can you really learn in ten easy lessons?" Nobody in the South has for­gotten how Lee O'Daniel successfully campaigned for gov­ernor of Texas by playing hillbilly music.
Art Satherley is convinced Acuff will be elected without any trouble, if he runs. As far as Satherley is concerned, it wouldn't be a bad idea if every state in the Union elected a hillbilly singer or fiddler as governor.
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