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'Beat Lamar' Rally Draws More People Than Lamar Event
Breitbart.com ^ | 7/21/13 | Mike Flynn

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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Haha. Some people get it!!
1 posted on 07/22/2013 5:27:05 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Well if Sarah Palin was looking for a senatorial seat.....

Well why not? Democrat carpet baggers do it all the time!


2 posted on 07/22/2013 5:31:32 AM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: cotton1706
So Alexander's event featured Mike Huckabee.....
...Should have expected as much
3 posted on 07/22/2013 5:43:18 AM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: cotton1706

He wasn’t that bad a guy, 20 years ago.


4 posted on 07/22/2013 5:45:43 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Thomas will explain everything.")
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To: cotton1706

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.


5 posted on 07/22/2013 5:46:56 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: cotton1706

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”.


6 posted on 07/22/2013 5:49:46 AM PDT by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: cotton1706

Hey, Mr. Cunningham. He isn't listening and he won't, unless he does find himself facing a serious challenger.

In fact, he is probably having after-work drinks with Graham, McCain, Schumer, et al, and snickering at your 300-participant rally.
7 posted on 07/22/2013 5:51:26 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: Tax-chick
He wasn’t that bad a guy, 20 years ago.

Many of them cross the Potomac with strong ideals, but the influences and corruptions affect them early. Some take longer than others to succumb. As the lobbyist payouts increase, the home representation decreases.
8 posted on 07/22/2013 5:54:53 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: TomGuy

Yes, they do seem to evolve ... even people you figure are smarter than that.


9 posted on 07/22/2013 6:02:56 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Thomas will explain everything.")
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To: Tax-chick

Lamar has always been a moderate.


10 posted on 07/22/2013 6:12:30 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (")
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To: Guenevere

So Alexander’s event featured Mike Huckabee.....
...Should have expected as much

&&&
Yep, fitting.


11 posted on 07/22/2013 7:12:00 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: cotton1706

I will vote for ANYONE running against Lamar! in both the primary and general elections.


12 posted on 07/22/2013 7:41:14 AM PDT by tnlibertarian
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To: cotton1706

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.


13 posted on 07/22/2013 10:50:47 AM PDT by Digger
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