U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is inviting his supporters to the Airport Hilton on Monday morning to have breakfast with U.S. Sen. John McCain. If you make the 7:30 a.m. event and want a shake and howdy and a photo it’s $2,500. If you just want breakfast with the Arizona senator it’s $500.
Alexander told supporters in an e-mail that he needs money to withstand a primary challenge from Washington groups with a history of defeating Republicans in a primary and losing the general election to “Harry Reid and the Democrats.”
Alexander said he needs to be ready if the Washington groups dump money against him in the primary because he’s not in the “shut-down-the-government crowd” and “I need your help.”
Alexander faces state Rep. Joe Carr in the Republican primary. In the last reporting period Carr raised about $52,000 compared to Alexander raising $838,000. Alexander reported having $2.8 million cash on hand.