AFP, Committee to Defend President behind Blackburn even if Corker gets in

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks to reporters as Congress prepares to vote on the biggest reshaping of the U.S. tax code in three decades, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

NASHVILLE - Americans for Prosperity, a group funded by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers, and another political action committee that supports President Trump say they are solidly committed financially to Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Marsha Blackburn's candidacy.

And that's regardless of whether incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., reverses his decision not to run and jumps into the contest.

In a statement last week, AFP President Tim Phillips pointed to U.S. Rep. Blackburn's support in efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and her backing of tax cuts, calling her "a tireless advocate for taking on the injustices of top-down, failed, big-government policies" and adding, "she has AFP's strong support."

AFP-Tennessee Director Tori Venable, meanwhile, said Tuesday that extends to the state group, which she noted will include "express advocacy" for the first time in a Tennessee political campaign.