For decades, there has been one man in Tennessee politics that was so powerful, so well financed, that no one dared to challenge him. Sure, there were some sacrificial lambs that were put on the ballot, but not the kind that put up a fight or had a real chance. The former presidential candidate, former governor, and current Senator, Lamar Alexander, has long lost touch with the people of Tennessee.
When Veterans of Tennessee went to Washington in 2008, Alexander couldn't be bothered. They asked for an appointment with him. They stopped by his office. He just wasn't available for Veterans. Alexander has voted with the current Administration more than he has voted with the people of Tennessee.
In 2014, there is finally a choice. There is finally a real challenger to Alexander. There is finally a Tennessean unafraid of the massive war chests Alexander has accumulated. Joe Carr knows that it will take a lot to defeat the incumbent. It costs money to get the message out. The incumbent has won by 2-1 margins for decades, but that was when the voter had no other real choices.
It costs money to run a campaign, but money doesn't cast a vote. Regardless of what's in the campaign coffers, voters can get the message out, with tweets, FB comments, and letters to the editors. YouTube videos are a great way to reach voters turned off by TV attack ads. Keep it clean Joe! The people of Tennesse are more tired of the incumbent than the politicians realize.
Words may be cheap, but we know that Alexander's actions are not in support of Veterans. Joe Carr's position on Veterans stand in contrast to the actions of Alexander:
"Our veterans sacrifice so much for our country, and we must provide them the best healthcare and support we can possibly give them. We will never be able to repay them for their sacrifices, but that reality must not stop us from doing our best to care for them and their families." Joe Carr for Tennessee 2014
Joe Carr will not be a rubber stamp for Obama, Reid, and McConnell. He understands the need to reduce the deficit. He has helped keep Tennessee's budget balanced.
It is time that Alexander retire. It is time that we replace those politicians that have been in Washington for too long.