For Now, Lumpy Lambert Withdrawing from Politics

You won't have Lumpy to kick around for awhile after this year. Often controversial County Commissioner Greg "Lumpy" Lambert is telling friends he will not seek re-election to his seat in the coming election. The Commission is collapsing from 19 members to 11 with one commissioner from each district. Commissioner Brad Anders, who currently shares Commission duties with Lambert in northwest Knox County, is running. Lambert says they are friends and he doesn't want to run against Anders.

Lambert has been thinking about taking his act to Nashville. He may sit out two years and then look around to see if a House seat has opened up. In the meantime, he is working on his pilot's license in order to be ready for the Nashville commute.

Should a lawsuit be successful and the full 19-member Commission be restored, Lambert says he would re-consider a run.