Memphis businessman Webb joins GOP crowd eyeing Senate run

Jeff Webb, the founder and chairman of Memphis-based Varsity Brands is run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Bob Corker, reports the Memphis Business Journal. He says the CEOs of several companies have contacted him urging that he enter the race for the GOP nomination.

“I am considering it,” Webb said. “We have thousands of people that work for our company, and most are middle-class folks, working folks, and I feel very strongly that the middle-class and working people in this country have just been eviscerated since 2008. They find themselves underemployed, underinsured, with debt up to their eyeballs and kids home from college with student debt. If there is something that I can do … to help make a difference, then it is something I would consider.”

Webb founded Varsity in 1974 and has grown the business, which encompasses all aspects of the world of cheerleading and dance, to a more than $1.5 billion company.

… While Webb recognizes he does not have any “hands-on experience in the political system,” he does not see that as a disadvantage in today’s world.

“I would come in with no baggage,” Webb said.

… “I think [West Tennessee] needs more representation at the state and national level, frankly,” Webb said. “I have been very fortunate to have the support of the business community [and] everyone within my company, and it is a great network. The interest of those people will weigh heavily on whatever decision I make, as well.”

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