Friday, December 13, 2013

Does Joe Carr Have His Eye on a Third Political Race?

Posted By on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Poltical life is sometimes about contingency plans.

Should Joe Carr fall short in his quest to unseat Lamar Alexander in the U.S. Senate next August, he plans to take a shot at the state Senate, sources say.

Specifically, that would mean a bid for Sen. Jim Tracy’s seat. Yes, that’s the same Jim Tracy he was running against less than four months ago in a three-way race for the Congressional 4th District to beat out embattled Scott DesJarlais.

Most telling, though, is Carr’s campaign is silent on the issue. Repeated calls for comment have gone unanswered.

Tracy’s seat — which hooks around Murfreesboro and swings down to the state line — isn’t up for election until 2016, so an interim would take his place in the meantime. That leaves Carr, who heralds himself as a chief Tea Party type, about a year to regroup before launching a third campaign in four years.

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