Blackburn gets new GOP primary opponent; says he’ll spend $5M

Citing fears that U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn could lose to former Gov. Phil Bredesen in November, Williamson County businessman Darrell Lynn has declared himself a candidate for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, reports The Tennessean. Lynn says he prepared to spend $5 million in personal funds on the campaign.

“If we want to keep this seat red, we better get somebody else in the race besides the existing people in the race,” he said in a recent interview with the USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee.

Admittedly a dark horse candidate, the Leiper’s Fork resident says he’s been in talks in recent months with current U.S. senators and Tennessee Republicans about his bid for the seat.

Lynn said around Christmas he even fielded a call from Steve Bannon, who previously served as chief strategist for President Donald Trump, who was “ringing the alarm bells.”

A Columbia native, Lynn previously lived in Chattanooga and Memphis before settling in Leiper’s Fork, which is among the wealthiest areas in Williamson County.

Lynn made his money while president of Rader Companies Inc., an engineering and manufacturing business which he said had more than $100 million in revenue. He also served on the executive board of a $1.5 billion company.

Since selling Rader Companies in 2007, Lynn has started four other businesses, including Decorative Leather Books LLC, which he says is the largest antique book dealer in the country. Lynn also established Hero Portraits, which donates portraits to fallen civil servants.

…“Marsha has simply been there too long,” Lynn said. “It is time to take (her) paddle, get off the boat and let someone with real world experience make a difference.”

Lynn said he was prepared to personally invest $5 million into his campaign and could even double that amount, if necessary.

10 Responses to Blackburn gets new GOP primary opponent; says he’ll spend $5M

  • James White says:

    HA take that ! And rember Dr. Rolando Toyos is running against MB also.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Ah, there is your wealthy establishment businessman with ABSOLUTELY no political record of standing for anything in particular but who you just know will be nice to the Chamber of Commerce/Business Round Table without even waiting for the C of C/BRT to be nice to him that we have been waiting for. If anyone questioned whether Marsha is conservative enough, it appears the centrists/tepid conservative establishment think she’s way too conservative for them.

    • Gerald Mahoney says:

      The man was called by Steve Bannon. How much more right-wing can you get???

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Good point, but I interpreted that to mean that when Bannon and Trump were still on speaking terms Bannon called because the Washington establishment was concerned about Marsha losing the seat. It seems that the Trumpidians and the establishment Republican are frantic about losing the Senate and since neither stand for very much of anything whoever they believe has the best chance of holding/gaining seats with an “R” after his/her name is OK with them. That usually reduces itself to their supporting the most ideologically amorphous Republican in any pack of candidates. Enter Darrell Lynn of Leiper’s Fork, Tenn. receiving a call from Steve Bannon!

  • Tommy Ray McAnally says:

    Darrel Lynn is in the race to try and bust the votes thinking this will help Blackburn win the US Senate seat. People this ain’t physics. Phil Bredsen will win the US Senate seat. What a low down move. But I think you have to look at Blackburns voting record. Blackburn has missed so many votes and also VOTED AGAINST THE RETIRED MILITARY ON THE PRESCRIPTION BILL. ANY BODY BUT JUDD MATNENY FOR CONGRESS. Will Lynn receive anything for getting in the race?

  • David Collins says:

    I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying this!

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