U.S. Senate campaign

Corker ‘extremely prepared’ for reelection run; search for credible conservative challenger continues

Tennessee’s conservative power brokers, led by wealthy Nashville automobile dealer Lee Beaman, are looking for a Republican challenger to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, reports the Washington Examiner, but they aren’t interested in launching a “quixotic battle” and Corker has $6.6 million ready for his reelection campaign.

The article – a condensed version appears in The Hill – says state Sen. Mark Green is the “preferred candidate,” but he’s unlikely to run because of his personal relationship with the incumbent and because “an uncomfortable spotlight was cast on his past comments about Islam and gender-related issues” before withdrawing as President Trump’s nominee as U.S. Army secretary.

“We will be extremely prepared,” Ward Baker, the top Republican strategist handling Corker’s re-election and a former executive director of the NRSC, the Senate GOP campaign arm, said. “Everyone will be taken seriously.”

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Andy Holt eyes challenge to Corker

State Rep. Andy Holt tells The Tennessean he’s considering a 2018 run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by fellow Republican Bob Corker.

The legislator from Dresden cited a poll commissioned by Tennessee Star as indicating Corker has waning support from Republican primary voters. (Note: It found 41 percent support for Corker and about the same percentage favoring “someone else.” See previous post HERE.)

“I’ve had countless people contact me. People I respect. People with resources,” Holt said.

…”I owe it to the people who have given me support over the years to consider it, and that’s exactly what I’m doing,” Holt said.

Holt said he has not set a timeline for his decision, saying it is “too early in the process for that.”

Democratic candidate faults Corker for ‘timid words of hollow (Trump) disapproval’

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate James Mackler campaigned in Chattanooga and Williamson County Wednesday, reports The Tennessean, contending that Republican incumbent Sen. Bob Corker did not go far enough in his recent statement saying the Donald Trump White House is in a “downward spiral.”

“I think at this point we heard that we are in a downward spiral, and it’s important to note he said ‘they’ … Sen. Corker tried very hard to become a part of this administration, and now he’s trying to distance himself from it. But we need more than timid words of hollow disapproval,” Mackler said.

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Democrat Mackler’s introductory U.S. Senate campaign video

Posted on Democratic U.S. Senate candidate James Mackler’s campaign website, the video is mostly promotional bio stuff – he’s a veteran, has a family, loves Tennessee, etc. – but also bashes Donald Trump and incumbent Republican Sen. Bob Corker,  “another millionaire politician looking to move up.”


Nashville lawyer/Iraq combat veteran seeks Democratic U.S. Senate nomination

News release from James Mackler campaign

NASHVILLE – James Mackler, decorated Iraq combat veteran that served in the 101st Airborne Division, today announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate. James will seek the Democratic nomination to run against two-term incumbent U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN).

“I am running to restore respect, honesty, and, most importantly, integrity in Washington,” said James. “Our country has become so divided that our leaders refuse to work together to solve our most important problems. As a veteran, I know first-hand the strength of teamwork, cooperation, and the benefits of diversity to accomplish even the most difficult mission.

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