Skip to comments.Lamar Alexander in the Crosshairs (Will Tennessee’s longtime incumbent go down?)
Posted on 07/25/2014 5:16:15 AM PDT by cotton1706
One name is ubiquitous at a July 22 rally for Republican Senate candidate Joe Carr, and it isnt Joe Carrs. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee senator Carr hopes to defeat in the August 7 primary, practically greets you the moment you turn into the parking lot at the Millennium Maxwell House hotel. Signs and posters line the driveway and the hallway into the ballroom, reading in big letters: Beat Lamar. The phrase also adorns stickers, buttons, even the name-tags for those of us in the press covering the event.
The rallys special guest is focused like a laser on Alexander, too. Radio host Laura Ingraham, whose appearance has made this the biggest day yet in Joe Carrs Senate campaign, barely mentions Carr until halfway through her speech. Before that, she lays into Alexander for a solid 27 minutes, mocking the senator for a campaign ad last year that touted his Freedom to Fish Act allowing Tennesseans to fish below the states federally administered dams. She feigns admiration for the senators work on the law, saying its put her in an angling mood.
I am here in Tennessee to hook a big one, Ingraham declares, as the 700 or so people in the ballroom cheer and whoop and holler and leap to their feet.
Ingraham isnt exaggerating: The 74-year-old Alexander is a political institution in the Volunteer State. During his first successful run for governor in 1978, he walked more than 1,000 miles across the long state, from the northeast corner in the Appalachian Mountains to the banks of the Mississippi River in Memphis, wearing a red-and-black plaid shirt thats become as legendary as the man himself.
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74 years of age is good reason enough.
Well, he should be replaced before he gets Somtimers
Lamar has always been a squish. His red flannel shirt schtick got old back in the 80’s.
Carr should be NAILING Alexander to the wall on amnesty. That’s what swamped Cantor. Make amnesty the central issue!
Is there a video of the rally?