Hooker Leaves Judicial Race After Recusal from Judge

John Jay Hooker’s brief campaign for the Davidson County Circuit Court ended when Hamilton “Kip” Gayden – who Hooker filed to run against -- issued an order this morning saying he would recuse himself from any cases involving Hooker so that he wouldn’t run afoul of judicial ethics rules, the Tennessean reports. With Gayden off the case involving Hooker’s challenge of the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission, the 83-year-old attorney withdrew his petition to enter the race.