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February 13, 2016

Lamar Alexander Buys Pre-Emptive TV Ad Featuring Rand Paul

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., placed a six-figure television buy more than a year ahead of Tennessee’s primary, enlisting Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as a guest star, according to an Alexander spokesman.

The reservation will run statewide from July 8-21 and cost about $180,000. It includes broadcast and cable reservations and $24,000 in radio advertising.

The Lamar camp provided the ad for the buy to CQ Roll Call and noted that he had a $2 million second-quarter fundraising haul. The ad is an anti-government, “positive” spot about fishing rights.

A week ago, Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins wrote to group supporters of his interest in supporting a primary challenge against Alexander if “a strong, conservative” candidate emerges.

Tennessee’s GOP primary is scheduled on Aug. 7, 2014.

  • Jackson

    Rand Paul is like a Tea Party float that gets rented out to different campaigns to parade around the fairgrounds drumming up support from those who would otherwise rather drink and bar-b-que.

  • Butteblack

    Lamar is on Rino we can do without. He’s been there too long. Please Tennessee , you can do better.

  • funkybro

    Alexander better pack his bags. Conservatives will long remember his sellout on the “Gang of Eight” RINO immigration bill.

  • chris foell

    Fat chance! the tea party in tennessee is the weakest of the southern states. It is an organiztional train wreck with poor leadership and poor candidates. Alexander has moved very quickly to solidify support. Freedom works will conclude that financing a candidate would be throwing money away, especially in a state with open primaries. Democrats will rush in to vote to bail him out. this race is real loser for the tea party. But knock yourself out anyway.

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