Press Releases

Carr Takes on Alexander over $3B Kentucky Dam Project

Press release from the Joe Carr Campaign for U.S. Senate; October 21, 2013:

Nashville, TN — Today, the Joe Carr for Senate campaign released it’s first television advertisement, drawing attention to Senator Alexander’s sell out of conservatives on spending cuts and defunding ObamaCare, as well as his effort to include a $3 billion pet project in the recent bill to re-open the government.

“Senator Alexander sold out conservatives while pushing a $3 billion pet project in a backroom deal. I would have voted against the Reid-Alexander compromise and never would have fought for a pet project. That’s a real difference between Senator Alexander and I that voters should know about,” said Conservative Republican candidate Joe Carr.

The ad will run statewide on Fox News and online during the coming week.

The ad can be viewed here.

The script:

Joe Carr to camera:

Washington’s broken and it’s getting worse.

For weeks, conservatives fought the good fight to cut spending and defund ObamaCare.

Lamar Alexander however, was behind closed doors trading favors

Amid the chaos, Lamar snuck in three billion dollars for a dam . . . like this one.

Three billion for a dam? No darn way.

I’m Joe Carr. I approve this message because I want to return our country to the constitutional principles that made it great.

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Representative Joe Carr is an announced candidate running against Sen. Lamar Alexander in the 2014 Republican Primary. He is a principled conservative who believes that Washington needs to return to our founding core principles of personal responsibility, individual liberty, and free and fair markets.

Press Releases

Carr Criticizes Alexander’s Role in Nearly $3B Earmark to KY Dam Project

Press release from the Campaign for Joe Carr for U.S. Senate; October 17, 2013:

Nashville, TN — Citing reports that Lamar Alexander inserted a $2.9 billion earmark for a Kentucky dam project into the bill that ended the government shutdown and raised the debt ceiling, Conservative Republican Senate candidate Joe Carr released the following statement regarding Senator Alexander’s work to include the “Kentucky Kickback” in the final spending deal.

“Senator Alexander’s backroom deal is exactly what is wrong with Washington DC. While conservatives were fighting to reduce spending and stop ObamaCare, Senator Alexander was busy negotiating for an ‘earmark.’ This is a totally unacceptable.”

“John McCain called Senator Alexander’s backroom deal ‘disgusting’. Harry Reid defended it. That should tell Tennessee voters everything they need to know about Senator Alexander’s actions.”

From Bloomberg (10/17/13): Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the top Republican on the appropriations subcommittee that handles spending on water projects, said in a statement last night that he and the panel’s chairman, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, requested the provision.

From the Daily Beast (10/16/13): McCain trashed the provision to The Daily Beast: “These people are like alcoholics. They can’t resist taking a drink. It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous. It should have gone through the normal legislative process. Its their legislative reputation even more and makes it even more difficult for me to vote for the overall bill—which I will. It shows that there are people in this body who are willing to use any occasion to get an outrageous pork-barrel project done at the cost of millions and millions of dollars. It’s disgusting.”

From the Huffington Post (10/16/13): Reid said there’s nothing shady about the “so-called anomaly” tucked into the bill.