Coalition Convention results: Joe Carr is in!

This weekend dozens of leaders from the Coalition for a Constitutional Senate met together and voted to support Joe Carr in the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate.  The Coalition is an effort by approximately 40 Tea Party groups and 20 similar liberty organizations whose goal has been to unify the movement behind a single Constitutionalist candidate for the 2014 U.S. Senate Republican primary. Participants in the Coalition include many of the state’s largest and most active grassroots organizations, such as the Nashville Tea Party, Chattanooga Tea Party, and Mid-South Tea Party.

The decision to support Joe Carr was made as the result of a process that started in May and included extensive candidate questionnaires and research into the candidates’ histories.  The process culminated in this weekend’s candidate forum and convention in Cookeville.  Nearly 100 leaders from the various organizations attended the 2-hour forum that featured the four candidates who had presented themselves for consideration.  Following the forum these leaders met in convention, and after two and half hours of deliberation reached consensus that Joe Carr was the candidate to be supported by the Coalition for a Constitutional Senate.

The Coalition’s organizer, Eric Stamper said, “The reason the Coalition was started was because Tennessee needs a stronger fighter for the Constitution, limited government and fiscal responsibility in the U.S. Senate and since Tennessee is not a runoff state it is important for the grassroots to unify behind a single candidate.”  For the Coalition for a Constitutional Senate, that candidate is Joe Carr.

Lamar Alexander treats EPA like secret mistress

EPALamar Alexander released a press statement today in a laughable effort to hide his raging love affair with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).  The announcement regarding a proposed rule to enforce strict pollution standards on new coal plants read, “The Obama Administration must think our country, which uses 20 to 25 percent of all the electricity in the world, can operate on windmills. For most power plants there is no proven, commercially viable way to capture and store or reuse carbon emissions. This regulation, therefore, will drive up prices and drive down job growth. It is one more big, wet blanket on the American economy.”

What makes this statement so incredible is that it was just a year ago when Lamar Alexander was the head cheerleader of the EPA and their UtilityMACT rule, which AmericasPower.org has called “the most expensive regulation for coal plants ever.”   As the devastating impact of UtilityMACT became clearer, causing utility rates to rise, putting some coal companies out of business, and costing hundreds of thousands of jobs, Lamar Alexander continued to defend his support of the EPA and UtilityMACT: http://www.wbir.com/news/article/223143/2/Sen-Alexander-defends-support-of-Utility-MACT.  He has repeatedly defended the EPA and even opposed efforts by Republicans to rein in the agency as it has intentionally and explicitly defied Congress and made its own new laws.

Looks like it is Lamar Alexander and his favorite environmental agency  that are the wet blanket on the economy and think the country can operate on windmills.

Nashville Scene column says Tea Party forum shows real danger for Lamar Alexander

2013-07-20 Protesting Lamar Alexander voting record 15Nashville’s left-wing news magazine, the Nashville Scene, sent columnist Jeff Woods to attend the August 31st Beat Lamar forum featuring Joe Carr, Kevin Kookogey, and about 300 Tea Party and liberty-minded activists.  In a column entitled, “Tennessee tea partiers say they’re going RINO hunting, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is their target – Lamar! Alarm!“, Woods correctly identifies how such an event means real danger for incumbent Alexander, commenting on the energy and size of the crowd as well as the clear commitment by the activists, the forum moderator and hosts, and even the candidates themselves to unify into a single force to challenge Alexander.

Read the full column here.  If you ignore the snarkiness you’ll find it’s actually an excellent article.

Beat Lamar Forum excellent showcase for Carr and Kookogey

On August 31st in Nashville, before a crowd of 300, the first shots were fired in the battle to replace career politician Lamar Alexander with a constitutional conservative.  Joe Carr and Kevin Kookogey both performed exceptionally in the first forum for the 2014 U.S. Senate Republican primary election.  This forum was hosted by the Real Conservatives National Committee, a national “conservative ground game Super PAC”, that runs the site BeatLamar.com.

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Fox News contributor and Sirius/XM Radio Patriot Network talk show host David Webb moderated the forum, keeping the mood upbeat, quick-paced, and holding the participants accountable to answering the questions that were asked.  Webb provided a couple of his own questions, but most of the questions were submitted by the audience.

In a move sure to please conservatives and grassroots activists across the state and nation, both Carr and Kookogey committed to leaving the race at some point in the future if they were trailing, so as to allow a single strong challenger to Lamar Alexander.  They both also pledged that, where acceptable to their donors and other involved parties, they would be willing to transfer their resources to the leading candidate.

Everyone who attended seemed genuinely pleased with the results.  Throughout approximately 20 questions, both candidates expressed very committed and articulate views on the Constitution and limited government.

The Coalition for a Constitutional Senate will hold its own vetting forum late September or October for all candidates who have completed the Coalition’s vetting questionnaire.  Those candidates currently include Kevin Kookogey, Danny Page and Jerry DavisJoe Carr‘s questionnaire is expected as well.  Following the Coalition’s forum, the grassroots groups throughout Tennessee will meet and seek consensus on a single candidate to support.

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VIDEO: Liberal Lamar’s Secrets Revealed

This week Campaign 4 Liberty launched a site called PunishLamar.com and with it an amazing video that reveals “Liberal Lamar’s Secrets” and is dubbed “The Video They Don’t Want You to See.”  The artistry of the video paired with the tidbits about Lamar and his campaign will hold the interest of not just the politically-involved, but also the everyday FaceBook reader.  It is also going to make a few elected officials very uncomfortable.   View the video.

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Lamar Alexander Stood Up for the TV Cameras, But Not for Tennessee

SenateConservativesFundMediaReleaseSenator Alexander spoke out against Obamacare at the nationally televised White House health care summit, but then voted to fund the implementation of Obamacare when nobody was looking
 

Alexandria, VA — The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) responded Monday to a radio ad released by the re-election campaign of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), which says he stood up to President Obama on Obamacare. Alexander’s ad includes a clip of an exchange he had with the President at the White House health care summit on February 25, 2010. However, it conveniently leaves out any mention of Alexander’s vote to fund the implementation of Obamacare on March 20, 2013.

Lamar Alexander Poses for Cameras on Obamacare“Lamar Alexander spoke out against Obamacare when all the TV cameras were on him, but then he voted to fund Obamacare when nobody was looking,” said SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins. “When Lamar Alexander had a chance to stop funding for Obamacare’s implementation, he abandoned Tennessee families.”

On March 20, 2013, Lamar Alexander voted in favor of the FY2013 continuing resolution, which included funding for the implementation of Obamacare. His support for the government spending in the bill was greater than his opposition to Obamacare.

The U.S. Senate will vote on the FY2014 continuing resolution in September. Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) needs 60 votes to fund the implementation of Obamacare, but there are only 54 Democrats in the Senate. If Republicans like Lamar Alexander oppose it, they can stop it.

Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) is running a radio ad in Tennessee calling on Lamar Alexander to oppose all funding for Obamacare.

“If Lamar Alexander opposes Obamacare, why won’t he oppose its funding?,” asked Hoskins. “He’s ducking the issue and doing everything he can to hide his liberal record. Voters in Tennessee deserve better.”

Senate Conservatives Fund advocates for conservative policies and helps raise money for conservative U.S. Senate candidates.

Lamar attempts to defend his indefensible record

madison-project-logoLamar Alexander has been taking a lot of criticism from conservatives in Tennessee, Washington and throughout the nation.  He attempted to defend his record in a letter to the Tennessean earlier.  This blog post from of the Madison Project blows apart Alexander’s claims.

The media is finally realizing that there is a growing wave of conservative grassroots support to throw out the failed Republican leaders who currently waste conservative seats in Washington.  The latest flaccid Republican who is gaining a lot of attention is Senator Lamar Alexander.

Earlier today, Senator Alexander wrote a letter in the Tennessean to his constituents stating, “I stay true to my conservative ideals.  First, I’d like to give him credit for actually engaging in a dialogue with his constituents.  Unlike Mitch McConnell to his north, who is not man enough to defend his record, opting instead to engage his constituents through embarrassing smear ads, Lamar is attempting to make the case for another six years.  Unfortunately, he fails to move beyond platitudes and distractions. 

One good way to do that is to send to Washington a conservative, problem-solving former Tennessee governor with a record of getting results: Auto jobs. Better schools. Better roads. Balanced budgets. Low taxes. Low debt.

Hmm..I’m not sure what he means by auto jobs – perhaps, he is referring to his support for continuing the auto bailouts government motors into 2009 [Roll Call #148, 4/2/2009]?  Or perhaps, he means the Cash for Clunkers boondoggle he supported [ Roll Call #270, 8/6/2009]?

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Lamar Alexander’s Record

Below are just a few  tidbits from Lamar’s disastrous record as a U.S. Senator.   The quintessential establishment politician, Senator Alexander is opposed to term limits and banning earmarks, supports more spending and more entitlements, votes to reduce transparency and accountability on committees and bills and confirmations, supports the most overreaching bureaucracies of the EPA and Department of Education, confirms nearly all of Obama’s radical appointees, and is doing everything he can to stay in power.

July, 2013 – Voted for amnesty for millions of illegal aliens (S.744)

July 2013 – Joined with a few other Republicans promising not to filibuster any of Obama’s nominees for any government posts in surrender to Sen. Harry Reid’s threat to abolish the Senate filibuster rule.

2013 – A leading sponsor of the internet sales tax (aka “Marketplace Fairness Act” S.743)

2013 – Voted to bring Harry Reid’s gun control bill to the floor (S.649)

Surrendered on the “Fiscal Cliff” and voted to raise income tax rates, death tax rates, capital gains tax rates, dividend tax rates and payroll tax rates (H.R.8)

Voted to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense

Voted for the Farm Bill that expanded Food Stamps/SNAP (S.3240)

Voted YES on raising the Debt Limit by $2.4 trillion and setup the Super Committee that was supposed to come up with budget cuts that never happened thus leading to the Sequester (S. 365)

Voted for cloture to confirm Thomas Perez as the Secretary of Labor

Supported EPA’s “Utility MACT” carbon regulations on the coal industry (S.J. Res 37)

Opposed bill to reign in the EPA’s unilateral and unlawful expansions of its own powers

Opposed banning earmarks and voted against it (S.Amdt. 1472 to S.Amdt. 1470 to S. 2038)

Opposes term limits on Senators and voted against it (S.Amdt. 1488 to S.Amdt. 1470 to S. 2038)

Voted to confirm Eric Holder for Attorney General

Voted to confirm Sonya Sotomayor to the Supreme Court

Voted YES on Cash for Clunkers (H.R. 3435)

Voted YES on the bank bailouts (S. Amdt. 5685 to H.R. 1424)

Voted NO on an amendment that would prohibit tax payer funded auto bailouts (S.Amdt. 965 to S.Con.Res. 13)

Voted YES to bailout Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (H.R. 3221)

2007 – Voted against prohibiting tax-payer funding for embryonic stem cell research (S.5)

The vacuum must be filled

Lamar Alexander isn’t going to have a challenger because you or I want him to have one, but rather because his record is so egregious the people of Tennessee are crying out for one.  He has created a vacuum void of conservatism in a very conservative state – a vacuum must be filled.