Skip to comments.Lamar Alexander: RINO on the run?
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 governors 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.
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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Competition is healthy, wherever it happens.
First Alexander, then Corker, and Tennessee will be free of its RINOS. Good Riddance!
Is he a real conservative?
Wasn’t he in the Senate before they had electricity?
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.
You know him personally?
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.
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.
Sweetness: We get rid of McConnell, you get rid of Alexander.
Let’s make it happen!
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.
I hope he runs till he is out of breath and wheezing on the side of the road. Time for collaborators to be exiled
Get rid of Alexander and the federal department of EDUCATION.
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.
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.
I would not say that I do. I did get to meet him and spoke with him at some length back in September.
Lamar is proof of the rumor that “senator” is Latin for “feces”.
Hoping the primary voters see thru Alexander’s fake Reagan Conservative claims.
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.
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”.
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.
Lamar! was a Howard Baker Republican from the 1960s and lost his first race (for governor)in 1974. People in TN adore him.
Lamarr Alexander - Vichy Republican swine.
They should run ads with interviews with Tea Party Senators laughing when asked if Lamar is a conservative.
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.
To this fossil, a "Red" state was the former USSR.
I hate the use of "Red" to describe a state that leans Republican.