McWherter says government can function without governor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former governor Ned McWherter says state government can run without the governor's attention to every detail.

Governor Bredesen is at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for tests after suffering flu-like symptoms. He's been away from his duties as governor since August 15th, and was in a Nashville hospital for four nights last week.

McWherter, who was governor from 1987 to 1995, said Bredesen can operate through his commissioners, his deputy and the staff.

McWherter himself was in Mayo Clinic late in his first term for an evaluation of a persistent stomach ailment. It turned out to be an ulcer.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)