Alexander attacks Carr - by name and on his own turf

Alexander attacks Carr - by name and on his own turf

July 30th, 2014 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Local - Breaking News

Joe Carr, left, and Lamar Alexander

Photo by Staff File Photo /Times Free Press.

WASHINGTON - With the primary just days away, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's re-election campaign is doing something it has avoided doing for months: It is finally acknowledging the existence of Republican challenger Joe Carr.

Alexander's campaign is attacking Carr by name for the first time in a flier sent to voters in several Middle Tennessee counties where Carr is presumed to have his strongest support.

The two-page pamphlet, which began showing up in voters' mailboxes Wednesday, contrasts Alexander's record with Carr's and points out that Carr voted for the Common Core education standards as a member of the Tennessee General Assembly. Carr now opposes Common Core and has made it one of the tenets of his Senate campaign.