NASHVILLE - Whatever you say about Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey's campaign for the Republican nomination for governor, you can no longer say that he won't break out of his single-minded quest for the votes of handgun-carry permit holders and tea partiers.
No matter how late.
Tuesday, only two days before the primary election, Ramsey will venture into one of the state's more liberal bastions before heading east for a "machine gun shooting" in Knoxville and a "meet and greet" at a gun shop in Kingston.
Yes, our carry-permitted lieutenant governor - the only candidate running for governor so licensed, he frequently tells us - is stopping by Nashville's Hillsboro Village for a meet and greet at Pancake Pantry and then up the street to Noshville Authentic New York Deli for another meet and greet with brunchers.
Both restaurants are in the shadow of Vanderbilt University. Hillsboro Village is home both to aging hippie wannabes and young hipsters, and people willing to stand in line for an hour for a stack of pancakes.
Lest you think our lieutenant governor has gone granola on us, you can catch up with him Tuesday afternoon at Coal Creek Armory outside Knoxville for what the campaign calls a "meet and greet and machine gun shooting," or later in Kingston for a meet and greet at Frontier Firearms.
Meanwhile, rival Bill Haslam resumes his 12-city tour Tuesday with UT basketball coach Bruce Pearl and rival Zach Wamp heads out for a statewide tour of Republican hot spots with country stars Ricky Skaggs and John Rich.