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Sen. Bob Corker will not seek re-election next year

Sen. Bob Corker said Tuesday he will not seek re-election next year.

“After much thought, consideration and family discussion over the past year, Elizabeth and I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires at the end of 2018,” the Chattanooga Republican said in a statement.

“When I ran for the Senate in 2006, I told people that I couldn’t imagine serving for more than two terms. Understandably, as we have gained influence, that decision has become more difficult. But I have always been drawn to the citizen legislator model, and while I realize it is not for everyone, I believe with the kind of service I provide, it is the right one for me.

“I also believe the most important public service I have to offer our country could well occur over the next 15 months, and I want to be able to do that as thoughtfully and independently as I did the first 10 years and nine months of my Senate career.
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April 16 2017

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Nashville attorney, Iraq War vet announces Democratic run for Corker's Senate seat

James Mackler, a Nashville attorney and Iraq War veteran, will on Monday become the first Tennessee Democrat to announce plans to run in 2018 for the state's U.S. Senate seat held by U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee.

Mackler highlighted his military background repeatedly in a news release provided to The USA Today Network - Tennessee ahead of the formal announcement, saying he's "running to restore respect, honesty, and most importantly, integrity in Washington."

“Our country has become so divided that our leaders refuse to work together to solve our most important problems," Mackler said in a statement. "As a veteran, I know first hand the strength of teamwork, cooperation, and the benefits of diversity to accomplish even the most difficult mission."

Mackler, 44, recently practiced law at Frost Brown Todd LLC and Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC, both in Nashville. He's worked in criminal law and more recently has specialized in legal issues involving unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, by providing businesses legal advice on their use.

Before those stints, Mackler spent three years as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot with the 101st Airborne Division, according to a news release from his campaign, after he had put aside his legal work for the Army in 2001 following the attacks on 9/11. His military service included a deployment to Iraq.
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Fox News got it wrong and said he was a Senator from Texas... de minimis? :lol:
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Blackburn says she's interested in Corker's seat

Minutes after learning that Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) won’t seek reelection, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) told The Hill on Tuesday she’s considering running for his Senate seat in 2018.

“Yes,” Blackburn said when asked if she's taking a look at the Senate race.

Blackburn said colleagues told her about Corker's retirement during votes on the House floor. The Senate Foreign Relations chairman did not give his delegation any advance notice of his decision, lawmakers said.

“I know he's going to be missed,” Blackburn said of Corker, noting that the senator and former Chattanooga mayor has dedicated his life to public service.

Tennessee Republicans said Blackburn would be the favorite to replace Corker, especially since another veteran House lawmaker, Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane Black (R-Tenn.), has already announced she's running for governor next year.
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Democrat Bredesen confirms interest in Tennessee Senate race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide race in Tennessee, is considering a bid to succeed retiring Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

In a statement Monday to The Associated Press, Bredesen said he is mulling an entry into the race after several people urged him to reconsider his initial statements that he had no interest in running.

“In the days ahead, I’m going to do some research, talk with people and carefully think this through,” he said. “I’ll make a decision quickly.”

Bredesen, 73, is a wealthy former Nashville mayor who was first elected governor in 2002. He had largely withdrawn from politics and public life since completing his second term in early 2011.
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Addie wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:29 am
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Democrat Bredesen confirms interest in Tennessee Senate race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide race in Tennessee, is considering a bid to succeed retiring Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

In a statement Monday to The Associated Press, Bredesen said he is mulling an entry into the race after several people urged him to reconsider his initial statements that he had no interest in running.

“In the days ahead, I’m going to do some research, talk with people and carefully think this through,” he said. “I’ll make a decision quickly.”

Bredesen, 73, is a wealthy former Nashville mayor who was first elected governor in 2002. He had largely withdrawn from politics and public life since completing his second term in early 2011.
Don't know anything about this race or its dynamics, but Bredesen's 73. IMO, we need to be fielding younger candidates.

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June bug wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:25 pm
Addie wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:29 am
Associated Press
Democrat Bredesen confirms interest in Tennessee Senate race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide race in Tennessee, is considering a bid to succeed retiring Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.

In a statement Monday to The Associated Press, Bredesen said he is mulling an entry into the race after several people urged him to reconsider his initial statements that he had no interest in running.

“In the days ahead, I’m going to do some research, talk with people and carefully think this through,” he said. “I’ll make a decision quickly.”

Bredesen, 73, is a wealthy former Nashville mayor who was first elected governor in 2002. He had largely withdrawn from politics and public life since completing his second term in early 2011.
Don't know anything about this race or its dynamics, but Bredesen's 73. IMO, we need to be fielding younger candidates.
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Bredesen was a popular mayor and governor who transcended partisan politics. He could probably beat Blackburn, but he will get attacked on Tenncare (though many other people were to blame) and not sure how much of that he's willing to put up with. He was on the short list for HHS when Obama was elected, but they ultimately went with Sebelius, again because of Tenncare.

Alexander (the other senator) is also a former governor. Another possibility is McWherter (son of another former governor), he ran against Haslam in the last gubernatorial race.

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Is today's 73 the new 53?
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It is if you’re rich as Croesus.
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Sterngard Friegen wrote:
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He doesn't want to represent Commodore Fitzfundfilcher in Congress. :lol:
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Why would I want to work where I would be surrounded by 50 assholes?

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Sterngard Friegen wrote:
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Why would I want to work where I would be surrounded by 50 assholes?
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Cook Political Report shifts Tennessee Senate race to toss-up

The Cook Political Report, a top nonpartisan election handicapper, changed its election rating for Tennessee’s Senate race to a toss-up following former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) launching his bid for the seat.

Bredesen, who served as the last Democratic governor of the state, was a top recruit for Democrats in the race to replace Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a President Trump surrogate-turned-critic who won’t seek reelection in 2018.

Bredesen won his first term as governor in 2002 and handily won reelection in 2006 with 69 percent of the vote, winning every county in Tennessee.

He officially jumped into the Senate race Thursday morning with an online video, arguing that he has the “actual track record that it will take to start working across party lines, to fix the mess in Washington and bring common sense back to our government.” ...

And any Democrat who wins the nomination would have an uphill climb against a Republican in Tennessee, which hasn’t elected a Democrat to the upper chamber since 1990.
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Bredesen makes this seat competitive, Democrats have a real shot at flipping it.

This is a R+20 state district in midterm years:

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Axios: The 2018 Senate elections to keep an eye on

Tennessee: Republicans see this seat as safe, especially with Trump's decisive victory there in 2016. But since Sen. Bob Corker announced his retirement, Democrats are eyeing it as a potential third seat in play, with former governor and Nashville mayor Phil Bredesen as their likely candidate.
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Phil Bredesen names campaign team for U.S. Senate run

Tennessee U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen will lean on some of his closest advisers from his time as governor and a new crop of Democratic aides as he launches his first campaign in more than a decade.

He's also brought on the same political advertising and polling firms that he used during his past gubernatorial runs.

Bredesen, who entered the race last month, named his campaign team on Thursday, appointing businesswoman Gina Lodge, former commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services, campaign treasurer.

Dick Lodge, a longtime advisor, lobbyist and attorney at Nashville's Bass, Berry & Sims, will serve as campaign finance chair to oversee fundraising efforts.
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Corker weighs his options as GOP frets about losing Tennessee

Retiring Sen. Bob Corker is “listening” to Republicans urging him to run for reelection, according to a person close to him, a development that would quell anxiety among Republicans over losing a must-win seat to Democrats this fall.

The two-term Tennessee GOP senator decided to call it quits in September amid an on-again, off-again dispute with President Donald Trump that eroded his standing with the party’s base. But now a faction of Republicans in Tennessee and Washington are worried that the favorite for the Republican Senate nomination, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), could lose a general election — and with it the Republican Senate majority.

They want Corker to get back in to hold the seat and preserve waning foreign policy experience in the GOP. And there are signs that he is open to it, despite the steep uphill climb a Republican primary might entail.

“While Corker is listening to the concerns that have been raised, he hasn’t made any commitments,” said the person close to Corker. Corker himself said on Monday he had no comment on the race.
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Why this Democrat has a real shot at winning in deep-red Tennessee
Tennessee is so red that it has not voted for a Democrat statewide since 2006. As it happens, that Democrat was Bredesen himself, who picked up every single one of its 95 counties in his bid for reelection.

While much of the rest of the country is gearing up for an epic midterm battle between the hardened forces of Trumpianism and the resistance, Tennessee is testing whether persuasion is still possible in politics. The theory is that the right kind of candidate can persuade voters, particularly the growing share of Tennesseans who identify as independents, to see beyond party labels.
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Bredesen rarely brings up President Trump. He does not argue that it is urgent for Democrats to take back control of the Senate.

Instead, he laments hyperpartisanship that “predates the current president” and talks of finding kindred spirits in the Senate to form bipartisan coalitions willing to make compromises that can “move things forward.”
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Corker wavers but stays on course to quit Senate

For two and a half tense weeks, Bob Corker quietly pondered a dramatic reversal: running for reelection to the Senate seat he had forsaken. Inside the White House, there was a loud movement to stop him.

Many of President Trump’s political aides made it a priority to ensure that the Tennessean, who has accused the president of “debasing” the country with his “untruths” and “name-calling,” did not reenter the race. So they went straight to the one person with the ability to give Corker a new lease on his political life: Trump himself.

They frequently reminded the president of Corker’s criticism, at times even providing specific examples. They kept folders documenting the attacks from Corker and other Trump detractors. They argued that if Trump backed Corker, all that ugliness would receive renewed national attention.

On Tuesday, Corker announced that he would not run, ending a stretch of uncertainty that put the Republican Party on edge. He did it without ever getting a public show of support from Trump or the White House. The most he received was an assurance from Trump to remain neutral in the race, according to a person familiar with Corker’s thinking.

The flurry of White House activity targeting Corker, described by three people familiar with the situation, underscores the increasing role the president and his team are looking to play in the midterm elections — and their desire to elevate candidates who have demonstrated loyalty.
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Senate watch: Tennessee Democrat jumps ahead of Blackburn

A new Middle Tennessee State University poll shows Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen up by 10 points, and 45% of those surveyed said they would support him over Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn if the election were held today.

Battle lines: Republicans are fighting to keep Tennessee's U.S. Senate seat after Sen. Bob Corker announced his retirement in the fall. Meanwhile, Independent voters have been shifting to the left since President Trump's election, and 45% of independent voters favored Bredesen in the poll, signaling a blue shift in the reliably red state.
Tennessean: Phil Bredesen holds double-digit lead over Marsha Blackburn in US Senate race, new MTSU poll shows
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Excellent.
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Phil Bredesen is probably the only Democrat that could win a state-wide election in Tennessee. (He was governor from 2003-11, and won his 2nd term in a landslide.) And a lot of voters recognize that Marsha Blackburn is a frickin' nut. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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