Rep. Davis To Run For Governor in 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis says he's planning a run to become Tennessee's next governor, despite reports of Harold Ford Jr.'s interest in the race.

Davis served as Ford's campaign chairman during the Memphis Democrat's unsuccessful 2006 Senate bid against Republican Bob Corker.

Davis says he doesn't believe Ford will try to succeed Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen in 2010 if he's going to run.

But the head of the Tennessee Democratic Party confirmed that Ford is "seriously considering" a gubernatorial run.

Gray Sasser says Ford is "very interested in looking at it" and that representatives from Ford's Senate campaign recently met with top Democratic officials to discuss that possibility.

Ford declined comment. The 37-year-old former U.S. representative currently serves as chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, teaches a course at Vanderbilt University and is a vice president at investment firm Merrill Lynch.

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