A skirmish has broken out in the Republican U.S. Senate primary over tactical decisions made by former Gen. Sam Houston and former Tennessee Congressman Davy Crockett (R-Frontier) in the Texas Revolution.
In a release this afternoon, Joseph Cordell Carr Sr. blasts Sen. Lamar Alexander for using "an insulting analogy about at least one famous Tennessean." That one Tennessean — AT LEAST — was Crockett, the King of the Wild Frontier himself. The release quotes Alexander thusly:
“…Former Congressman Davy Crockett said I think I will go to the Alamo…some people said Davy if you go to the Alamo you’ll get killed, he went to the Alamo he did get killed.” Alexander continued by saying, “Sam Houston took a different tact [sic], he withdrew to San Jacinto. He was heavily criticized by some people at that time for withdrawing. We celebrate Texas Independence Day on March 2, 1836 because Sam Houston won the war. The moral of the story is that sometimes in a long battle patience is a valuable tactic and that’s why I’m in Sam Houston’s Camp on this one. I’m not in the shut-down-the government camp.”
Carr, who has referenced Crockett before in his campaign, will have none of that. More from the release, after the jump:
“Not only did Sen. Alexander fail to emulate the views of his constituents in Tennessee who overwhelmingly support Sen. Ted Cruz and his efforts to defund Obamacare, he stood on the Senate floor and criticized Tennesseans who stand on principle including one of the most famous…Davy Crockett. I am in the fight for Tennesseans Camp.” says Rep. Joe Carr.
“Without Davy Crockett staying and fighting at the Alamo and heroically sacrificing his life for the principles Tennesseans believe in, Texas Independence Day would never have been possible. It was the bravery of Davy Crockett and thirty-one Tennesseans at the Alamo who gave their lives that allowed the time necessary for Sam Houston to recruit the men necessary to beat Santa Anna and the Mexican army. It is worth noting that the battle cry for the remainder of the war was “Remember the Alamo!” I don’t believe their sacrifice was in vain and I am sure General Sam Houston would agree,” says Rep. Joe Carr.
“Davy Crockett understood the importance of the Declaration of in Independence, which says “…we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor.” Generations of Tennesseans have honorably given their lives in service of our country. From the Alamo to those men and women serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, their memory should be honored, not be used as political theatre for self-enrichment of a career politician who doesn’t believe in self-sacrifice,” says Rep. Joe Carr
At the moment, it appears that these quotes did come from Carr himself, although we've not yet had time to search the whole Internet for other potential sources.
What Carr's release doesn't mention is an analogy used by Sen. Ted Cruz during his 21 hour speechathon, in which the Texas senator compared those who have criticized his approach to the fight against Obamacare to Nazi appeasers in the 1940s. But neither Adolf Hitler nor President Barack Obama are at least one famous Tennessean, so some other brave warrior will have to sort out that one.
One thing is certain. If you come for the memory of Davy Crockett, you'll have to go through Joseph Cordell Carr Sr.