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November 29, 2014

Lamar Alexander Challenger Swiftly Loses Consultant | #TNSEN

Republican strategist Chip Saltsman announced he has resigned from the campaign of Joe Carr — just hours after the candidate switched from a House race to challenge Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., in the primary.

“I signed up to help you run for Congress, not the Senate,” Saltsman wrote in his letter of resignation, which the operative released to the press Tuesday morning.

Carr, a state representative, initially launched a campaign to challenge embattled Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the 4th District GOP primary. However, that race was getting crowded, with state Sen. Jim Tracy also vying for the nomination and so far leading in the fundraising battle.

Alexander now has his first challenger, though more tea-party-backed opponents could emerge.

Saltsman signed up with Carr’s House campaign three months ago, when Carr called his experience “invaluable.” Saltsman is a former state party chairman and campaign manager for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s presidential bid in 2008.

In his letter, Saltsman noted Alexander’s dogged support for Republicans up and down the ballot, including helping keep Vice President Al Gore from winning his home state in 2000.

“It is because of Lamar Alexander that people like you have the honor of serving in the majority of the state legislature,” Saltsman said.

  • Nosh_72

    Finally!!! Need more traditional Republicans to stand up against the Tea Party. As a Democrat, we know that not much can be done when they are in office ie. Cruz and Paul. . . At least the Traditional Republicans are not stupid and crazy.

  • Igor Shafarevich

    While some Western success has been due to capital, the liberty that unleashes its citizens’ ingenuity & courage has been more important.

  • John Allegro

    As Elie Halevy pointed out, those who preach from collectivism’s altar claim that liberty is magically compatible with central planning.

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