published Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

State Rep. Joe Carr says finance report will be amended

Joe Carr
Joe Carr
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

State Rep. Joe Carr says his campaign to unseat longtime incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is moving at about 1,500 miles a week. But record keeping has seemed to be a bit of a speed bump for the Lascassas Republican.

On Monday, Carr said he failed to list his family's 91-acre cattle ranch as an asset on his personal finance reports to the secretary of the Senate purely in error. And he noted that the farm was listed as a liability on the same report.

"Those Senate disclosures are a balance sheet. It was listed as a liability, but not as an asset. It was just an error. We will file an amendment and get it listed properly," Carr said after speaking to members of the Hamilton County Pachyderm Club on Monday.

Carr was nine months late filing his personal disclosure. He filed Friday, but the deadline was 30 days after he announced his candidacy for the Senate seat last August. Carr previously was seeking to challenge U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., for the District 4 House seat. Last week, Donald Rickard, Carr's campaign manager, said the late filing was also simply an oversight.

Rutherford County tax records show Carr owns two parcels of land that total 91 acres, valued at $418,900.

In his report filed last week -- which requires candidates to list assets using broad figures -- Carr claimed $31,000 to $115,000 in assets.

Meanwhile, Alexander has about a month to file his personal disclosure for 2013. The incumbent's 2012 filing showed his net worth as being between $9.8 million and $15.4 million.

about Louie Brogdon...

Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...

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