Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey told reporters he doesn’t see state Rep. Joe Carr beating U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in the GOP primary election next year.
In a sit down with reporters, Ramsey pointed to his own failure running for statewide office in 2010 in a three-way race for governor against well-financed Bill Haslam.
Meanwhile, the lieutenant governor boasted about his own fundraising skills, attracting people to a fundraiser in far East Tennessee to donate money into Middle Tennessee’s 4th Congressional race.
Here’s what he had to say:
Ramsey: Jim Tracy is running for Congress. Have you all heard that?
Reporter: I might have, yeah.
Reporter: Are you formally endorsing at all?
Ramsey: I am formally endorsing Jim Tracy as much as I can. He’s a great guy. He’s one of my best friends in the world. I had a little fundraiser for him in Blountville. Bristol, technically. Last Wednesday, or Thursday. Something like that.
Reporter: There a big interest in the fourth district up there?
Ramsey: No, I just try to help him raise some money. Because I can make some phone calls and they show up. Funny how that works.
Reporter: What do you think about Joe Carr and his bid against Lamar?
Ramsey: I’ve run against $18 million one time. It’s no fun. That’s what it comes to. It is.
Reporter: So are you saying he can’t win?
Ramsey: I don’t see that happening. But you know what? Primaries are good. They are for everybody, they keep everybody honest. I’m not going to say anything. If Joe wants to run, that’s fine.