Assassination in Middle Tennessee
While Looper sat in the
Despite her grief, Charlotte Burks also took action to prevent Looper from winning her husband's rightful place in the General Assembly. She mounted an aggressive write-in campaign for the Senate seat, and picked up nearly every supporter her husband had left.
"I have agreed to run a write-in campaign for the 15th District Senate seat," she told reporters after her husband's funeral. "It's what Tommy would have wanted."
Even Republicans endorsed Charlotte Burks' candidacy and sought to distance themselves from Looper.
"We did not recruit Mr. Looper to run for the state Senate or any other office," said Brad Todd, executive director of the Tennessee Republican Party. "We have not assisted his campaign in any material way, nor will we."
Normally apathetic citizens took part in the campaign, working door-to-door to educate voters about
Looper, for his part wasn't giving up, and continued to direct his campaign from his jail cell. A local radio station declined to accept a collect call from Looper in jail, but on consulting with its lawyer, found that accepting ads from just one side could result in legal trouble.
The next day, Looper called the station manager at his home and an ad schedule was set. The ads for Looper ran on the radio on Monday.
A Looper operative dropped off two ads the next day which did not address the Burks race at all, but instead attacked Bill Gibson, who Looper believed was out to get him.
Looper spent the day of the election in the
"She would have gotten more votes,