Campaign Without a Candidate

An organization has been formed to find and support a candidate against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in next year's Republican primary. The Real Conservative National Committee will have volunteers canvassing the five major metropolitan areas of Tennessee on Saturday (June 15), organizing a ground game as part of its "Beat Lamar" campaign. The goal is to knock on a total of 5,000 doors in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and the Tri-Cities.

Alexander has been expecting a challenge from the right and has been amassing a campaign war chest. FreedomWorks, a conservative Super PAC, has been around the state interviewing potential candidates, including Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett.

The RCNC website says the goal is to elect senators who will be more allied with conservative Republican senators like Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky. A group of Tea Party leaders from around the state met recently in Cross Plains to organize the effort.

The group has not identified a candidate as yet, but may announce one on Saturday. The group's mission statement says there will be no political consultants; they will use social media extensively and will mobilize a ground game.

One possibility who was interviewed would make for an interesting race. The possible candidate is Glenn Thomas Jacobs, 46, of Jefferson City. Jacobs is better known as "Kane," a champion WWE wrestler. He is officially listed as 7 feet tall and weighing 300 pounds. He wears a red half mask on the top of his face when he wrestles. He blogs on conservative issues and was a Ron Paul supporter in the last presidential election.