Nashville BEAT LAMAR event aims at Bob Corker, too - WKRN News 2

Nashville BEAT LAMAR event aims at Bob Corker, too

Posted: Updated: Sep 1, 2013 12:21 AM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Many of those wanting to unseat one U.S. senator had just as much criticism for his Tennessee counterpart at a first of its kind event Saturday in Nashville.

It was the kickoff for a series of statewide forums sponsor by a group called BEAT LAMAR and several Tea Party organizations aimed at "vetting" Republican challengers to Senator Lamar Alexander, but fellow U.S. Senator Bob Corker drew plenty of ire as well.

"First of all they won't sign [Utah] Senator Lee's letter to de fund Obamacare, second they voted for illegal immigrants giving them free access to make them citizens," said Jeff Howe of Wilson County who was among an estimated 275 people at the event held at the Music City Sheraton.

"In every state around Tennessee both U.S. senators voted against the immigration bill, and in Tennessee both senators voted for it," said Jenny Hassell of Brentwood. "I am for a BEAT Bob PAC as well," she added about Sen. Corker.

A sea of red T-shirts, posters, yard signs and even door hangers proclaiming BEAT LAMAR filled the ballroom where one declared candidate and one potential candidate spoke and answered questions from the crowd.

At the entrance, attendees passed by small replica of rhinoceros.

It was a not so subtle reference to both senators being thought of as a "RINO" which is an acronym for Republican-in-name-only. 

State Representative Joe Carr of Rutherford County announced his run last week.  He told News 2, "We are allowing the conservatives across the state of Tennessee to gather around a single candidate and participate in that process."

Former Williamson County Republican Party Chair Kevin Kookogey would not say if he planned to run but said the forums could actually end up endorsing two conservative candidates for the Republican Primary next August.

"The BEAT LAMAR organization is doing this in association with this coalition of Tea Parties, so there is actually an outcome where it could be divided or it could be united," Kookogey told News 2.

The forums continue next Saturday in Memphis.

Knoxville graduate student and business woman Brenda Lenard was scheduled to be the event, but did not attend.

Senator Alexander served two terms as Tennessee governor from 1979-1987 and ran twice for president in 1996 and 2000 before being elected to the Senate in 2002.

A spokesperson for his campaign has said Alexander is "focused on being the best Senator he can be for Tennessee."

Previous Story:

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Missing Manchester mom found in Colorado, on way home

    Missing Manchester mom found in Colorado, on way home

    Jul 28, 2014 06:42 PM2014-07-28 23:48:00 GMT
    According to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, Brooke Roberts, 30, was found safe over the weekend in Colorado.More >>
    According to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, Brooke Roberts, 30, was found safe over the weekend in Colorado.More >>
  • Knoxville meteorologist's response to viewer goes viral

    Knoxville meteorologist's response to viewer goes viral

    A Knoxville meteorologist responded to a viewer’s letter on Facebook because there was no return address, and the post went viral.More >>
    A Knoxville meteorologist responded to a viewer’s letter on Facebook because there was no return address, and the post went viral.More >>
  • FL man spray-paints garage door with message for thief

    FL man spray-paints garage door with message for thief

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-07-27 15:39:37 GMT
    Jerry Ashley's message spray-painted on his garage door.Jerry Ashley's message spray-painted on his garage door.
    A Lakeland man has spray-painted his garage door with a message for the thief who stole his late wife’s laptop filled with sentimental photos.Jerry Ashley is still grieving over the passing of his wife Darlene, who died from an aneurysm last month at the age of 48.His loss has been compounded by thieves, who broke into his Lakeland home this week.Ashley has a lot of fond memories of his wife, and many of those memories are stored in a computer that was stolen from his home, now he taking an u...More >>
    A Lakeland man has spray-painted his garage door with a message for the thief who stole his late wife’s laptop filled with sentimental photos.Jerry Ashley is still grieving over the passing of his wife Darlene, who died from an aneurysm last month at the age of 48.His loss has been compounded by thieves, who broke into his Lakeland home this week.Ashley has a lot of fond memories of his wife, and many of those memories are stored in a computer that was stolen from his home, now he taking an u...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

441 Murfreesboro Road Nashville, TN 37210

Telephone: 615.369.7222
Fax: 615.369.7329
Email: news@wkrn.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Nashville, LLC. A Media General Company.