So is Park Overall the new Fred Thompson? A Tennessee-born actor on the way to the U.S. Senate? Democrats hope so as they have put Park forward as their challenge to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.
Park is from Greene County and her father was a federal magistrate and her mother an English professor. Ironically, Park made it big in the Empty Nest sitcom as a slow-talking redneck nurse with a Southern drawl so thick you could cut it with a knife. Locals remember when she led the fight to make a national story out of the pollution of the Pigeon River back when Champion International tried to get a variance for its North Carolina mill that didn't require any effort to reduce blown effluent.
It should be an interesting race. At a rally in Nashville, Park mimed a telephone receiver with her thumb, fist, and little finger, and said: "Call me Bob." It was a mocking reference to an attack ad in Corker's first campaign in which a blonde pretended to be asking his opponent, Harold Ford Jr., to give her a call.