According to state Rep. Joe Carr, Tea Party Senate candidate Joe Carr is too broke to organize a campaign that will even register as a fly on the rump of an incumbent elephant.
In April, before he announced his plans to challenge Congressman Scott DesJarlais, Carr responded to a question on his Facebook page about the chances of him challenging U.S. Sen. Lamar. He didn't rule it out, but said "running against Alexander would cost 10 million dollars."
That's a lot of money. But hey, Lamar! is an incumbent who's widely been seen as unbeatable. Taking down the establishment isn't cheap.
Fast forward to August, when Carr announced that he'd be abandoning his run at DesJarlais congressional seat to challenge Alexander.
Having moved from the grandstands to the ball field, Carr revised his estimation of just how much cash it would take to beat the incumbent Alexander — "Carr said he expects it will take more than $5 million to defeat Alexander," the Associated Press reported.
OK, then. A little more than $5 million. Give or take $5 million.
Which brings us to yesterday, when Carr told local radio talker Ralph Bristol that his campaign had raised "a little less than $100,000" in the third quarter. A "little less" turned out to be about half that, as the AP reported later that Carr had actually raised just $52,000.
When he announced his Senate candidacy, Carr said he had raised "well over $300,000" to that point through his campaign in the Fourth Congressional District. With Carr, you really can't tell what "well over" means. But through July 30, just before he transitioned from his U.S. House campaign to his Senate run, financial disclosures showed him with about $275,000 on hand.
In the third quarter of this year, the first quarter of his challenge to Lamar, he managed to reel in $52,000. Let's give him $350,000 just to make this easy. If his fundraising operation keeps this pace up, it will only take him a little more than 20 years to get the $5 million he says it will take to defeat Alexander.
Or was it $10 million?