"The Tennessee GOP has long been dominated by pragmatists such as the late Sen. Howard Baker, current Sen. Lamar Alexander and Mr. Sundquist, the former GOP governor.
Ms. Blackburn is cut from a different cloth. When Mr. Sundquist, as governor, tried to pass a new state tax in 2001, Ms. Blackburn, then a state senator, led the opposition that killed the bill—a victory she touts in her Senate campaign.
Another dispute erupted earlier in her career, when she was in the Sundquist cabinet. She was irritated when a state official asked her to justify travel expenses with receipts. She burned the receipts and gave a bag of ashes to the official."
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