U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander joined U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and most other Republicans to vote against a procedural move by Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to shut down the government. Cruz only got 19 votes to prevent a funding bill from coming to the floor. (The Democrats stripped out the language to de-fund Obamacare and then passed it.)
Politico reports that Alexander is now a top target, along with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, of the Senate Conservative Fund. That organization is raising money to defeat Republicans they do not deem conservative enough, i.e. non-Cruz supporters.
Explaining his vote, Alexander said Tennessee hero Davy Crockett went to the Alamo and got killed but Tennessee hero Sam Houston retreated, picked his spot, attacked Santa Ana's army and won the war. Alexander described himself as in the Houston camp, preferring to win the war by taking over the Senate rather than shutting down the government.
Alexander's Republican primary opponent, state Rep. Joe Carr, immediately jumped on Alexander for dissing Crockett. Carr has picked up the endorsement of the tea party groups in the "Beat Lamar" movement.