After hosting a series of meetings around the state designed to get Tea Party groups familiar with Joe Carr, the Super PAC “BEAT LAMAR” has announced that it is formally endorsing the Lascassas state representative.
A press release from BEAT LAMAR issued Monday morning stated that it would focus its efforts going forward on convincing Tennessee GOP primary voters to support Carr for the Republican nomination in the 2014 U.S. Senate race.
“Joe Carr has emerged as the unanimous choice among the Tea Party co-sponsors of each of these events—the Nashville Tea Party, the Mid-South Tea Party, the Chattanooga Tea Party, the Blount County Tea Party, the Roane County Tea Party, and the Tri-Cities—as the constitutional conservative candidate we enthusiastically endorse to stand with Ted Cruz and beat Lamar,” said Michael Patrick Leahy, a co-founder of BEAT LAMAR.
“Our purpose now will be to sign up additional door-to-door volunteers in every one of Tennessee’s 95 counties,” Leahy said.
The release described BEAT LAMAR as “a project of the Real Conservatives National Committee, an independent expenditure Super PAC located in Spring Hill, Tennessee, that focuses on the development of a conservative ground game infrastructure.”
On Saturday Carr was in Johnson City wrapping up the last of the BEAT LAMAR town hall Q&A sessions that kicked off in Nashville Aug. 31. BEAT LAMAR organizers say that to date they’ve signed up 650 volunteers “poised to use their IPads, smartphones, and old fashioned paper walking lists to talk with their neighbors on their front doorstep” in the effort to support Carr.
Most political observers believe Carr faces a daunting task trying to defeat Sen. Alexander, who is supported by most of the state GOP’s highest profile elected leaders and has been a fixture in Tennessee politics for decades, having served as Tennessee’s governor from 1979-1987 and as a U.S. senator since 2002.
Alexander is also a past president of the University of Tennessee and was appointed U.S. Secretary of Education under George Herbert Walker Bush. Alexander ran unsuccessfully for the GOP’s U.S. presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000.
In a press conference last week Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, said Alexander’s formidable capacity for raising campaign funds will make him tough to beat.