Update on Corker reconsidering: rebuff from Trump (?), Blackburn sees sexism afoot, etc.

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s campaign said Tuesday — responding to reports that Sen. Bob Corker is considering reversing an earlier decision and running for reelection to a new U.S. Senate term — that anyone who thinks she can’t win the general election in Tennessee’s U.S. Senate race is a “plain sexist pig,” reports the Associated Press.

The New York Times reports, meanwhile, that President Donald Trump has been encouraging Blackburn and rebuffing – so far – what one Republican calls a “charm offensive” by Sen. Bob Corker and supporters seeking the president’s support for Corker seeking for reelection.

From the AP report:

Campaign spokeswoman Andrea Bozek released the statement after reports that some Republicans are encouraging U.S. Sen. Bob Corker not to retire over fears that Democrats will win the seat.  A Corker spokeswoman said Tuesday the senator is “listening closely.”

“In recent days, people across Tennessee have reached out to Senator Corker with concerns about the outcome of this election because they believe it could determine control of the Senate and the future of our agenda,” Corker spokeswoman Micah Johnson said in a statement. “The senator has been encouraged to reconsider his decision and is listening closely.”

Bozek noted that several polls have found Blackburn leading former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in a potential Senate general election matchup. Others found Bredesen with an advantage.

Bozek also pointed out Blackburn’s fundraising success, with $2 million raised last quarter and $4.6 million cash entering January.

“Anyone who thinks Marsha Blackburn can’t win a general election is just a plain sexist pig,” Bozek said in the statement. “She’s the best fundraiser in the country and is beating Phil Bredesen in several polls. We aren’t worried about these ego-driven, tired old men. Marsha has spent her whole life fighting people who told her she wasn’t good enough and she will do it again.”

The New York Times reports that President T rump “is refusing to bless his friend-turned-foe’s effort to re-enter the Republican primary race.

“Instead, in a telephone conversation last week, Mr. Trump offered encouragement to Representative Marsha Blackburn, a conservative lawmaker and White House ally who has emerged as the favorite to win the Republican nomination for Mr. Corker’s seat, according to three Republicans familiar with the call.

Mr. Trump’s West Wing advisers, their memories still fresh from Mr. Corker’s jibes, are urging the president to resist entreaties from the senator and a handful of his colleagues who worry that the seat could slip from Republican hands in November… If Mr. Trump does not change course, his silence could effectively doom any hopes Mr. Corker has for seeking a third term.

…Further, Senator Mitch McConnell has rebuffed Mr. Corker by telling him that he must secure the president’s support to re-enter the race, according to Republicans familiar with the conversation, a rare act of political deference that suggests he is uneasy about driving Ms. Blackburn out of the race.

But Mr. Corker and some of his Senate allies are aggressively working to win over the White House, embarking on what one West Wing official described as a charm offensive. The senator has avoided any criticism of Mr. Trump in recent weeks and on Monday met with Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter.

3 Responses to Update on Corker reconsidering: rebuff from Trump (?), Blackburn sees sexism afoot, etc.

  • James White says:

    “She’s the best fundraiser in the country …” Yeah, just look at all the Corporate lobby money and pac money.
    She is a BIG spender or our tax monies. She is no conservative.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    I think Marsha should instruct Andrea Bozek to stop playing the gender card right now because that is simply not the way conservative female candidates or their campaigns respond to criticism. It is therefore unbecoming and embarrassing and very unMarsha Blackburn.

  • Debbie Martin says:

    I am deeply saddened that Ralph is not on the radio. Other than Rush, he is the only radio personality that I could trust in doing their homework and telling us the truth.
    WTN has just lost a long time morning listener.

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