Keel Hunt quoted in the Washington Post

Cocaine, Racy Texts and a Potentially Fraudulent Email: A Week of Chaos Roils One Statehouse

By Eli Rosenberg, May 9


“Keel Hunt, a columnist at The Tennessean and former reporter who has written two books about politics in the state and used to work for Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, described the week’s events as a ‘mess’

‘There’s a sense that we’re being embarrassed,’ he said. ‘Taxpayers, citizens are having to read about this kind of craziness in the national newspapers.’

He said that the scandal had touched on concerns about the way Casada had defended Republican legislators who had been accused of sexual misconduct in the past, including a man he picked to be the chairman of an education subcommittee recently despite allegations that the man had sexually assaulted three women when they were players on a high school basketball team he coached.

A column he wrote Wednesday called for Casada to resign…”

Frist, Daschle giving every U.S. Senator a copy of Nashvillian’s book on bipartisan cooperation.

“Frist and his D.C.-based Bipartisan Policy Center plan to give each U.S. senator a copy of ‘Crossing the Aisle: How Bipartisanship Brought Tennessee to the 21st Century and Could Save America’.”

Frist’s Bipartisanship Policy Center will pass out copies of author/journalist Keel Hunt’s ‘Crossing the Aisle’, about Democrats and Republicans working together in Tennessee. Former U.S. House Majority Leader Bill Frist is hoping a book on bipartisanship from his home state of Tennessee can hep break a political logjam in Washington. - Brad Schmitt, The Tennessean


US Senator Doug Jones of Alabama, in a recent speech to the National Association of Former United States Attorneys, has hailed Crossing the Aisle and its story of the 1979 coup in Tennessee as a decisive event that advanced the spirit of bipartisanship.

“In those few hours key political leaders of both parties came to know, trust and rely on one another to achieve results, and opened the door to a very different future. What followed was 40 years of bipartisan collaboration to get Tennessee to the point it is today.’


Jonathan Martin Tweet December 2018

The New York Times Reporter Jonathan Martin that Crossing the Aisle is THE Resource for Modern Tennessee Politics.

Thanks for the shout-out from Jonathan Martin of The New York Times who had this to say about Crossing the Aisle: “Want to know modern Tennessee? Order Keel Hunt’s engrossing new book about the continuity politics that has defined the state for 40 years. Engrossing stuff on the Blanton scandal, Lamar, Ned Ray, Bredesen, the Memphis and Nashville jockeying for the NFL, etc.”

Martins’s story about this year’s U.S. Senate race underscores just what’s at stake in this year’s election cycle. A great deal of the history he highlights in the NYT article is elaborated more fully in the book, Crossing the Aisle.

READ MARTIN’S FULL ARTICLE in The New York Times: “A Changing Tennessee Weighs a Moderate or Conservative for Senate]

Mike Nelson, Fulmer Professor of political science at Rhodes College and political analyst for WMC-TV in Memphis:

“Hunt calls the period covered in “Crossing the Aisle” the “In-Between Time”, by which he means the quarter-century of Tennessee history between 1978 and 2002 marked by genuine two-party competition- and, even more important, across-the-aisle cooperation between the mostly center-right leaders of both parties.”