Skip to comments.'Beat Lamar' Rally Draws More People Than Lamar Event
Posted on 07/22/2013 5:27:05 AM PDT by cotton1706
Tea Party and conservative activists held a counter-rally outside a Sen. Lamar Alexander campaign event in Smyrna, TN on Saturday. According to organizers, over 300 people braved the heat and sun, promoting a primary challenge to Alexander next year. Alexander's event, held in an air-conditioned building and featuring local officials and Mike Huckabee drew about 250, according to local press.
The counter-rally was organized by "Beat Lamar," an effort by grass-roots activists to oppose Sen. Alexander in the GOP primary, even though he doesn't yet have an opponent. "We want to send a clear message to the Republican Establishment in Tennessee," Ben Cunningham, founder of the Nashville Tea Party told Breitbart News. "We are not going to allow you to push the grassroots aside so you can hold a coronation of Lamar Alexander simply because he has an R by his name."
"We have seen what real conservatives look like in the Senate and we are not going back," Cunningham continued. "Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have reminded us all what it looks like when people of principle stand up and fight for those who elected them."
Of course, Alexander can't be defeated in a primary if he doesn't have an opponent. Cunningham said he has spoken with some potential challengers recently. Alexander would certainly have the financial edge. As of June 30th, his campaign reported over $3 million in its campaign account.
At activated base of activists could lessen that edge. "Beat Lamar" organizers say their efforts will build a state-wide network of activists who could instantly get to work on challenger's campaign.
Getting 300 people out in the summer heat when there isn't a challenger is a sign that there is some intense opposition to Alexander's reelection. We'll know before long whether it is enough.
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Well if Sarah Palin was looking for a senatorial seat.....
Well why not? Democrat carpet baggers do it all the time!
He wasn’t that bad a guy, 20 years ago.
BTTT and kudos to the Beat Alexander organizers.
If a viable opponent steps up, this may be the election where Tennessee rids itself of this patrician priss.
He runs ads here in TN on the radio touting his conservative principles and fighting for TN by pointing out his work to pass a law overriding the Corps of Engineers’ ban on fishing below dams. Wow, great job there, Senator. I have been planning to call his office and tell them his next spot should have the theme “Hey, at least I’m not Bob Corker”.
Yes, they do seem to evolve ... even people you figure are smarter than that.
Lamar has always been a moderate.
So Alexander’s event featured Mike Huckabee.....
...Should have expected as much
I will vote for ANYONE running against Lamar! in both the primary and general elections.
I won’t spend a dime on any candidate that doesn’t have a track record. Look at Rubio as a recent example. I’ll wait for a little less talking & a lot more action.