Hillary Pate has "severed ties" with state Rep. Joe Carr's campaign for the U.S. Senate, as of last week. Pate had handled public relations and press for Carr's run against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.
Pate posted a message on Facebook commending two House Republicans for voting against Gov. Bill Haslam's budget and praised their courage. Carr had evidently planned to vote against the budget but changed his mind.
Bloggers jumped on the post as a criticism of Carr's lack of courage.
E-mail press releases from Pate ceased shortly thereafter and she confirmed that she left the campaign as of May 1.