Tea Party members have turned to the state Senate to try and recruit a candidate to run against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in next year's Republican primary. The focus of late has been on state Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville.
Green is a West Point graduate and a doctor. When he was serving in Iraq he supervised the medical care of Saddam Hussein after he was pulled out of the spider hole.
Green raised a million bucks when he ran for the state Senate. But Green raised the money with the help of Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who wanted to take the seat away from Democrats. Ramsey is advising his Senate colleagues, including Green, to forgo a challenge to Alexander. He says he has been besieged with pleas to run but has decided against it.
Green will be in the middle of a four-year term next year and would not have to give up his seat to run.
The Beat Lamar team has scheduled public forums this fall to hear candidates and will conduct straw polls to determine who they will support—Anybody But Alexander. The Knoxville forum will be Sept. 21.
The flaw in their plan thus far is that they don't have a candidate.