U.S. Senate campaign

On Corker, Trump and Alabama’s Moore-Strange runoff

The Washington Post has a quote attributed to Tennessee U.S. Sen. Bob Corker when he urged President Donald Trump to campaign in Alabama for Sen. Luther Strange in a Republican primary runoff election set for Tuesday:

“You’ve got to go,” the Tennessee Republican told Trump, according to people briefed on the exchange. “We need you there.”

That’s part of a story on how Washington Republican leaders persuaded Trump to campaign in Alabama, despite the president’s misgivings.

And here’s an excerpt from a Roll Call article this week:

When Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker asked President Donald Trump to campaign for Alabama Sen. Luther Strange ahead of next week’s Senate Republican runoff, he might have had a little self-preservation in mind.

A win by Roy Moore, the controversial former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, would throw a wrench into the deliberative body in which the moderate Tennessee Republican serves. But a Moore victory could also embolden primary challengers to other sitting senators, like Corker.

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Super PAC goal: $4M to help Ogles Senate campaign

News release from Andy Ogles campaign

FRANKLIN, TENN. (Sept. 19, 2017) — Conservative Republican businessman and fundraiser Lee Beaman announced today that he is in the process of forming a federal SuperPAC that will focus on electing Andy Ogles to the U.S. Senate.

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Trump reported backing Corker’s reelection

Media reports on Monday suggest that President Donald Trump, despite his much-publicized disputes with Sen. Bob Corker, is encouraging the Tennessean to seek another term in office. Corker, of course, says he’s undecided about whether to run for reelection.

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Ogles hires campaign ad agency that Trump hired

News release from Andy Ogles campaign

(Sept. 18, 2017) — Today, the Andy Ogles for U.S. Senate campaign announced hiring Innovative Politics, a nationally renowned political consulting and full-service advertising agency, to run its media strategy and voter contact operations.

Following the Republican National Convention in fall 2016, Innovative Politics joined the Donald J. Trump for President campaign, playing a key role within the advertising team.

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Ogles: AFP work provides ‘grassroots army ready to go’ against Corker

Andy Ogles, who declared himself a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate on Thursday, says he will rely on the network of support built up over four years as state director of Americans for Prosperity in a “hard-charging grassroots campaign” to unseat incumbent Sen. Bob Corker.

His comments came Friday on the Michael DelGiorno radio talk show on Nashville WWTN. The Ogles campaign issued a news release on DelGiorno’s enthusiastic endorsement of Ogles, which came during the conversation.

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AFP’s Andy Ogles announces run for U.S. Senate

News release from Andy Ogles campaign

FRANKLIN, TENN. – Andy Ogles is launching a campaign for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee. “In less than a year the Republican primary will give us an opportunity to make choices that will impact future generations of Tennesseans. Conservative leadership means more than making promises, it means keeping them,” Ogles noted in making the announcement. Continue reading

Mark Green, Joe Carr considering run against Corker

State Sen. Mark Green is reconsidering a challenge to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker in the 2018 Republican primary, reports the Times Free Press, and former state Rep. Joe Carr is thinking about  it, too.

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Corker ‘still contemplating’ run for another term

After a CNN report renewed speculation that he won’t seek reelection next year and a Politico report that suggested he may be targeted for defeat by Steve Bannon if he does, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker today issued a statement saying he’s still undecided about whether to seek reelection to a third six-year term.

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Corker possible target of Bannon anti-incumbent campaign

President Donald Trump’s closest allies are planning a slate of primary challenges against Republican senators, reports Politico, and Tennessee U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is one of the potential targets.

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White House spokeswoman: Corker comment ‘ridiculous’ (Joe Carr didn’t like it either)

Somewhat belatedly, the White House had a response Thursday to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s comment last week that Donald Trump hasn’t demonstrated the competence or stability needed by a president. And at least one prospective Corker challenger in the 2018 GOP primary, former state Rep. Joe Carr, is criticizing the comments as well.

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Former Knoxville News Sentinel capitol bureau chief Tom Humphrey writes about Tennessee politics, government, and legislative news.

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