Fred Thompson shows some hometown highway humility:
By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press Writer
A stretch of highway in Fred Thompson’s hometown will not be named after him because the former U.S. senator _ and potential presidential candidate _ asked state lawmakers to withdraw the proposal.
Rep. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, on Tuesday said he received a letter from Thompson that thanked him for sponsoring the proposal to name a segment of U.S. Highway 43 in Lawrenceburg “Fred Thompson Boulevard.”
Thompson said in the letter that his father’s car dealership was located along the road, but added that “it is entirely appropriate that it remains Highway 43, the …
…way I remember it was when I was a boy.”
Hensley had been criticized by House Democrats for trying to pass the Thompson measure just days after he was one of two Republicans to vote against a resolution to congratulate former Vice President Al Gore, a Democrat, for the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” that won two Oscars earlier this year.
Hensley said he voted against the resolution because he disagrees with Gore’s stance on global warming.
House Majority Leader Gary Odom, D-Nashville, had asked for a weeklong delay on the Thompson measure but had said he would vote in favor of it on Wednesday.
Thompson said he recognized thatnaming a road after him might provoke a negative reaction.
“I cannot blame anybody if there is hesitation to name another thing for another politician or former politician,” he wrote.