published Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Joe Carr: Sen. Lamar Alexander trying to 'hide from his record' in refusal to debate

NASHVILLE — Joe Carr today accused Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of trying to "hide from his record" by refusing to agree to a televised debate in the GOP Senate primary.

The Carr campaign also announced the endorsements of five state legislators, including Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, and Rep. David Alexander, R-Winchester.

“Lamar Alexander thinks he can hide from his record, refuse to debate, and that somehow the people here in Tennessee won’t hold him accountable for choosing 11 million illegal immigrants over them – he’s setting himself up for a Dave Brat-like surprise," Carr said in a news release.

State Rep. David Alexander weighed in, saying, “Lamar Alexander has chosen to support an amnesty agenda driven by Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and LaRaza at the expense of Tennessee’s working families.

“Look at the growing crisis on our southern border today, and we know exactly where that agenda has gotten us," state Rep. Alexander added.

Sen. Alexander this week shrugged off Carr's demands for a debate. A second GOP challenger, Memphis physician and businessman George Flinn, also criticized the senator.

Other state lawmakers in the latest round of Carr endorsements are Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, Sen. Jim Summerville, R-Dickson, and Rep. Kelly Keisling, R-Byrdstown. Fifteen other GOP state lawmakers had previously endorsed Carr.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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