Tags: tea | party | rally | alexander

Tenn. Tea Party Groups Rally Against Lamar Alexander

Friday, 26 Jul 2013 03:00 PM

By Courtney Coren

Sen. Lamar Alexander is under fired from tea party activists for his vote in support of the immigration reform measure that passed the Senate last month.

According to the Smyrna, Tenn. Daily News Journal, the Tennessee Republican was targeted by about 300 activists at a state Republican Party campaign event recently. Carrying signs reading, "You Betrayed Us," and "No More RINOs. Conservatives Only," the group walked around wearing red "Beat Lamar" T-shirts.

"I didn't hear anything they said; they were a mile away," Alexander told Politico. "They were enjoying their First Amendment rights, and I was enjoying playing 'Johnny B. Goode' with Mike Huckabee."

The state tea party activists are teaming up with national conservative organizations like FreedomWorks, the Madison Project, and the Senate Conservatives Fund in an effort to recruit a hard conservative to challenge Alexander in next year's primary election.

"Unlike previous cycles, Lamar Alexander is in trouble," said Drew Ryun, political director of the Madison project. "Immigration is the big issue, especially given some of the things he's said in the past. His political doublespeak isn't going to work this time."

The Club for Growth has not said for sure if they will support a primary challenge to Alexander, even though his voting score with the conservative watch dog group has plummeted recently. A spokesman for the club said it "depends on a lot of factors, not the least of which is there has to be an alternative."

Ben Cunningham, founder of the Nashville tea party, says there are plans for some 60 tea party groups across the state to meet in August to see if they can find someone to challenge the senator.

"We're not going to allow the Republican establishment to put the grass roots aside," he said. "They have tried to bully any potential challengers because they don’t want an open debate on Lamar’s voting record. It clearly isn’t conservative."




© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Jeb Bush Signals Focus on Middle Class

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 21:15 PM

Jeb Bush is offering policy prescriptions to boost the country's lagging middle class as he edges toward a presidential  . . .

Cornyn Under Fire for Changing Name of Subcommittee He Heads

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 22:30 PM

Sen. John Cornyn is coming under fire for stripping the words "civil rights and human rights" from the name of a subcomm . . .

Palin: 'Of Course' I'm Interested in 2016 Election

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 21:01 PM

Republican 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin declares that of course she's interested in the 2016 presidentia . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved