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Lamar Alexander: RINO on the run?
The Washington Times ^ | November 30. 2013 | Judson Phillips

Posted on 11/30/2013 10:51:53 AM PST by don-o

The conventional wisdom is that Lamar Alexander is in a position that almost any political would kill for.

The Republican Senator from Tennessee represents a state that has gone from being a purple state even a decade ago to a solidly red state. Ten years ago, a Democrat sat in the governor’s mansion. The Democrats controlled both the State House and State Senate, albeit with a Speaker of the Senate who governed with a coalition of Republicans and Democrats.

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Lamar Alexander is now running ads in Tennessee in advance of his primary election. On its face, that does not seem unusual except his primary is not until August. In the last fundraising quarter, Lamar Alexander raised $840,000 but spent $1.1 million. He is now engaged in a huge advertising buy nine months in advance of the election.

Why would he do that?

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: beatlamar; joecarr; ntsa; tennessee

1 posted on 11/30/2013 10:51:53 AM PST by don-o
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336 B.C. -— Alexander the Great
2014 A.D. — Alexander the Barely Mediocre

2 posted on 11/30/2013 10:53:27 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

Competition is healthy, wherever it happens.


3 posted on 11/30/2013 11:04:49 AM PST by lurk
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To: lurk
Joe Carr
4 posted on 11/30/2013 11:06:52 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

First Alexander, then Corker, and Tennessee will be free of its RINOS. Good Riddance!


5 posted on 11/30/2013 11:11:11 AM PST by Tonytitan
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To: don-o

Is he a real conservative?


6 posted on 11/30/2013 11:12:40 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: don-o

Wasn’t he in the Senate before they had electricity?


7 posted on 11/30/2013 11:14:32 AM PST by Baynative (Wake me up early, be good to my dogs and teach my children to pray.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Joe swore to me that if he had been in the Senate, he would have stood with Ted Cruz. Lamar! has publicly distanced himself himself - just like his hero, McCain.


8 posted on 11/30/2013 11:16:09 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

You know him personally?


9 posted on 11/30/2013 11:18:10 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: don-o

At the end of September, Lamar has some $2.8 million on hand. Don’t know what
the year end filing will show. Sounds like he is trying to discourage any credible
competition with his early campaigning.


10 posted on 11/30/2013 11:19:30 AM PST by deport
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To: Baynative
Wasn’t he in the Senate before they had electricity?

It seems that. He has done nothing but government work all his life. He was a very good piano player. I have a cousin who faced him in several competitions.

11 posted on 11/30/2013 11:22:19 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

Sweetness: We get rid of McConnell, you get rid of Alexander.

Let’s make it happen!


12 posted on 11/30/2013 11:23:06 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: deport

The “wise guys” are not giving Carr a snowball’s chance, due to the money situation. I have my concerns about his inexperience and, frankly, lack of knowledge that could well trip him up.

He is not as smart as Cruz (who is?) but I have confidence that his core principles are solid.

He’s going for a money bomb looking for 500 donors of ANY amount, by end of day today.


13 posted on 11/30/2013 11:27:44 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

I hope he runs till he is out of breath and wheezing on the side of the road. Time for collaborators to be exiled


14 posted on 11/30/2013 11:28:52 AM PST by Nifster
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Get rid of Alexander and the federal department of EDUCATION.


15 posted on 11/30/2013 11:31:13 AM PST by codder too
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To: don-o

You got a deal! We are ramping up a boots on the ground effort to kick off in January. I have done a little canvassing and am encouraged from what I am hearing.

I wish I knew more about who is running his campaign and how good they are. We do have a slick app that we use for the canvassing. I expect the effort will pick up steam after New Year.


16 posted on 11/30/2013 11:33:35 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

It’s a shame but money is one of the major driving forces for a statewide election.
That’s why the incumbents solicit funds continuous throughout their elected cycle.
It gives them such an advantage over the competition that may rise to challenge them.


17 posted on 11/30/2013 11:38:20 AM PST by deport
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To: Jack Hydrazine
You know him personally?

I would not say that I do. I did get to meet him and spoke with him at some length back in September.

18 posted on 11/30/2013 11:52:48 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

Lamar is proof of the rumor that “senator” is Latin for “feces”.


19 posted on 11/30/2013 11:54:10 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: don-o

Hoping the primary voters see thru Alexander’s fake Reagan Conservative claims.


20 posted on 11/30/2013 11:59:19 AM PST by RginTN
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To: RginTN

I have been a supporter of Lamar and have one of his original campaign posters on my wall from so far back I can’t remember. I now write him letters to change or resign. He is not the man for the time. He is old.

Having said that, I am not sure he can be defeated. Tennessee is not really a conservative state. State wide elections do not fair well for doctrinaire conservative candidates. What we think of as RINO’s fair better. That is voters prefer some one right of center but not extreme right

Here in East Tennessee, strongly conservative, the strong conservative was primaried in a large field and went on to be elected. Two years later, he was ousted by a less conservative but popular and well financed candidate. Dr Roe was seen to have broader and more acceptable views. He is not a RINO however.

The Senate candidate with the most appeal to Tennessee business will win the day

None of this analysis means we shouldn’t continue to work for a real conservative hoewver.


21 posted on 11/30/2013 12:15:00 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: don-o

a few months he was running ads touting his conservatism by how he voted against the “no fishing below dams” federal regulation that was being proposed. Meant to call his office and thank them for the laughs, and suggest his next campaign slogan could be “hey, at least I’m not Corker”.


22 posted on 11/30/2013 12:19:42 PM PST by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Lamar is a democrat who runs as a Republican in order to get elected in Tennessee. He’s a big spending liberal. It’s sad really.


23 posted on 11/30/2013 12:26:32 PM PST by o2bfree (Lindsey Graham is left of South Carolina.)
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To: o2bfree

Lamar! was a Howard Baker Republican from the 1960s and lost his first race (for governor)in 1974. People in TN adore him.


24 posted on 11/30/2013 12:51:16 PM PST by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs are flirting with Christie, but it's Jebbie's turn!" to LOSE!)
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To: Da Coyote

Lamarr Alexander - Vichy Republican swine.


25 posted on 11/30/2013 1:19:16 PM PST by Noumenon (What would Michael Collins do?)
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To: don-o

They should run ads with interviews with Tea Party Senators laughing when asked if Lamar is a conservative.


26 posted on 11/30/2013 1:43:24 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: jdub

I think they should have attacked Lamar for the bitter clinger implication.

First Obama says gun owners are bitter clingers. Bill Clinton after Newtown said all these people know is fishing and hunting.

Then Lamar Alexander belittles his constituents by implying all they know is fishing.


27 posted on 11/30/2013 1:46:59 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Ping


28 posted on 11/30/2013 7:53:42 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: bert
Tennessee is not really a conservative state.

To this fossil, a "Red" state was the former USSR.

I hate the use of "Red" to describe a state that leans Republican.

29 posted on 12/01/2013 1:46:43 AM PST by Does so ("Miranda Warnings" and loss of "Common Marriage" = 2 Big Mistakes...)
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