Knoxville, Tennessee , United States
Feb 08, 2019 08:32pm
|Info||Tripp Says Faith And Character Key In Governor's Race |
by Melissa Elkins
posted June 17, 2002
Photo by Melissa Elkins
GOP Gubernatiorial candidate Rev. Bob Tripp told the Pachyderm Club Monday he is proud the Republican Party is vocal about matters of faith.
The Rev. Bob Tripp, former pastor of Second United Methodist Church in Knoxville and current Republican candidate for Governor, said on Monday that he is proud that his political party is vocal about matters of faith.
"As a United Methodist minister, I am glad that the Republican Party can lift up the name of our Creator," Tripp told Pachyderm club members at the Loft on Monday.
He may not always agree with his opponents in the governor's race, but Tripp said he has made friends with the other candidates. And, he said he still hopes to see a biblical truth played out on election day.
"I hope that the first will become last in this election. My name is last on the ballot, and if it is God's will, I hope that I will become first," he said.
The Knoxville native was accompanied by his wife Kerry and his two children, Andrew and Ashley, to the club meeting.
"I am a political newcomer. I do not have the experience that some of the other candidates have, but I have been called by God to enter this election. I will not back down," Tripp said.
Tripp further said there were three reasons that led him to the decision to run for governor. First, he said that God called him. Second, the Republican party loves God, and he respects that. Third, he received a word from God, and words mean something to him.
Tripp said that the distinguishing factor that separates him from the other candidates in this year's governors race is that he has no intention of getting into a mudslinging match with his opponents.
"Not only is mudslinging a reflection on myself and my family, but it is also a reflection on the United Methodist Church. I will not disrespect the church in that way," Tripp said.
The kind of candidate that God is looking for, according to Tripp, is a warrior that embraces the commandment to love God and neighbor.
"I don't have all the answers," Tripp said, "but the truth is, neither do the other candidates."
Tripp asked the gathered club members to identify some of the defining issues in this election. The crowd's answers included government spending and investing, as well as taxes and education.
"I agree with half of that," Tripp responded, "but I think it will come down to character."