NASHVILLE — Republican Senate candidate Joe Carr has come out with his first television ad, a 30-second spot slamming U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., for his including money for a Ohio River lock and dam in last week’s budget package that ended the government shutdown.
“Washington’s broken and it’s getting worse,” Carr says in the ad, which the campaign said Monday it is spending about $20,000 on to run it on Fox News in Tennessee. “For weeks conservatives fought the good fight to cut spending and defund Obamacare. But Lamar Alexander was behind closed doors trading favors.”
Standing in front of a dam in Tennessee, Carr says, “amid the chaos Lamar snuck in $3 billion for a dam like this one. $3 billion. No darned way.”
Alice Rolli, Alexander’s campaign manager, later said that “if Pinocchio had written this campaign ad, [Carr’s] nose would be a foot long. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, instead of costing money, this provision actually saved taxpayers $160 million in canceled contracts and restart costs.”
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...