Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has just unleashed his latest endorsement for re-election. It comes from former Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and 2008 presidential candidate, has a strong following of social conservatives and activists drawn to his populist political message.
“He’sbeen your governor, university president, America’s secretary ofeducation. He brought the automobile industry to Tennessee,” Huckabee explains in the ad. “LamarAlexander is now a remarkable senator that Tennessee needs to return tooffice.”
Alexander has released a series of endorsements in recent days, including that of country music star Kix Brooks and former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
His primary opponent, Joe Carr, continues to gain name recognition, including a favorable mention from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at a Tea Party event on Thursday.
“We need to be pretty discerning here of what kind of ‘Carr’ we send toD.C.,” she said during the event. Although Palin’s camp has had conversations with Carr, she has not officially endorsed him.
Carr was quick to dismiss Huckabee’s endorsement of Alexander, reminding Tennesseans that Huckabee supported David Dewhurst over Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the contentious Texas primary. “This is the same person who said that Dewhurst was ‘the only proven conservative’ in that race,” Carr said in a statement reacting to the news. “It just shows how desperate things are getting for Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) when he has to promote someone who didn’t even think Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was ‘a proven conservative.'”