He took over in January 1979, not Dec 1977.
Had the date wrong. Leech, the attorney general of the State of Tennessee, had to go in and remove Blanton physically from the Governor's office and put Alexander in office early because of the pardon sales. I was at Fort Campbell December of 1977, 1978, and 1979 and remembered it was around Christmas and cold as the devil. I was originally from McNairy County and knew a good many of the players in the scandal.
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