Democratic donor Freeman wants new state party leader

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Democrat Bill Freeman, who came in third in Nashville’s mayor’s race despite spending $3.5 million of his own money, says the state party should replace Chair Mary Mancini following last week’s election results.

Freeman tells The Tennessean ( ) he would support Holly McCall if she decides to run. McCall made an unsuccessful bid for the House seat once held by expelled Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham of Franklin. McCall lost to retired Army Col. Sam Whitson by 42 percentage points.

Republican Donald Trump won Tennessee by 26 percentage points, and Democrats lost one seat in the state House.

Freeman is a top Democratic donor. But he was drummed out as party treasurer in 2009 amid poor fundraising results because prominent Democrats were upset he had previously given to GOP candidates.