Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is throwing his support behind Sen. Lamar Alexander in the Tennessee Republican's bid for re-election this year, Politico reported
Alexander is currently campaigning against state Rep. Joe Carr ahead of the August Republican primary to earn a place on the November ballot.
Gingrich joins other prominent GOP members, such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Ronald Reagan economist Art Laffer, in backing Alexander. Carr supported Gingrich's 2012 White House run.
"He's one of the most ideal-oriented and solution-oriented people I’ve ever worked with," Gingrich told Politico. "In the primary I believe that Lamar Alexander is far and away the best choice, I think he’ll win the general election handedly. It’s going to be a huge Republican year."
Gingrich and Alexander's other supporters are hoping the 73-year-old can win a third term in office as the Republicans target control of the Senate. Politico reported that Alexander's backers think his seniority will help him earn some pull in education and healthcare issues should the GOP take over the majority.
Alexander has, however, ruffled the feathers of some in the party because of his vote in support of a comprehensive immigration bill
"There are details that Lamar and I disagree on, there are some things he would do that I wouldn't," Gingrich told Politico. He added that Alexander is a "very reform-oriented person."
A tea party candidate, Carr has served in Tennessee's House of Representatives since 2008. After House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning defeat
to tea party candidate Dave Brat earlier this month, the party has been given new life, Carr said.
"Combustible material in Tennessee has been ignited and we have a roaring blaze that is going to consume Lamar Alexander and put a constitutional conservative in the United States senate from Tennessee," Carr told Newsmax TV
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