Tennessee Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, currently serving the 7th district which includes a huge swath of middle Tennessee has announced that she will be running for Senator Bob Corker’s senate seat. Corker recently announced that he would not be seeking reelection in 2018.
Blackburn will likely enjoy more name recognition and base party support than the other announced Republican candidates: perennial candidate Larry Crim and, Tennessee Americans for Prosperity Director, Andy Ogles. Both Ogles and Crim announced they would be seeking the senate prior to Corker’s announcement that he would not be seeking reelection. Given candidates cannot formally pick up their paperwork to run until January 5, 2018, there is still plenty of room for the field to change.
Blackburn echoed complaints from the Republican party rank and file in her announcement video posted this morning. The failure to overturn Obamacare was described as “a disgrace.” Blackburn highlights the Republican cornerstones as a advocate for lower taxes, government spending constraints, concealed carry permit, and adding the national anthem as sacred enough to stand for.
Below is the transcript of Blackburn’s announcement:
“The United States Senate…it’s totally dysfunctional and it’s enough to drive you nuts. And that’s why I’ve decided to do something about it. I’m Marsha Blackburn. I’m a hardcore, card carrying Tennessee conservative. I’m politically incorrect, and proud of it. So let me just say it like it is: The fact that our Republican majority in the U.S. Senate can’t overturn ObamaCare, or will not overturn ObamaCare…it’s a disgrace. Too many Senate Republicans act like Democrats, or worse. And that’s what we have to change. Here in Tennessee, I fought my own party to stop a massive, job killing, state income tax. And we stopped it. We won. I know the left calls me a wing-nut, or a knuckle dragging conservative. And you know what? I say that’s all right, bring it on. I’m 100% pro-life. I fought Planned Parenthood and we stopped the sale of baby body parts. Thank God. I shoot skeet, I have a concealed carry permit for the gun that I do pack in my purse. I believe our government spends too much, grows too much, and is bankrupting our children’s future. I believe in President Trump’s immigration ban and I’ll fight with him every step of the way to build that wall. I stand for hundreds of millions of honest Americans who work hard and they play by the rules. And I stand for the greatest country in the world has ever know. I stand when the President walks into the room. And yes, I stand when I hear the Star-Spangled Banner. A great Tennessean who wasn’t so politically correct himself once said, “One man with courage makes the majority.” Well, courage comes in both genders and I’m running for the U.S. Senate because I’ll fight every day to make our Republican majority act like one. Too much is at stake. America needs a conservative revolution, and leaders who are willing to fight in it. I’m Marsha Blackburn. That’s why I’m running for the U.S. Senate, and I would be honored to have your vote.”