Rep. Joe Carr Studying Possible Race Against DesJarlais

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Rep. Joe Carr
Rep. Joe Carr

State Rep. Joe Carr, from Lascassas in Tennessee’s 48th District, on Thursday announced the formation of a campaign exploratory steering committee focused on testing the waters in a potential bid for Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District.

The district stretches across 16 counties in southern middle and east Tennessee. The exploratory committee will be tasked with determining the viability of a successful run to replace U.S. Congressman Scott DeJarlais in the 2014 Republican Primary.

Rep. Carr said, “The formation of the exploratory committee is in response to an outpouring of people from all across the 4th congressional district, asking me to consider running for this office.

The voters have told me that a trust has been violated. The voters want someone who not only lives by their values but will fight for them. The time for back slapping good ole boy politics is over and Tennesseans understand this.

“I’m extremely proud to represent my fellow Tennesseans in the 48th legislative district and will continue to do so while my family, friends and I determine what is in the best interest of this great state.”

Lee Beaman will chair the committee and in offering his support of Rep. Carr said, “We need someone like Rep. Carr who understands the principles of personal responsibility and a smaller more efficient government. Joe understands the policy needs of Tennessee and is able to effectively communicate those positions. I certainly hope Joe pursues this.”

Dr. Nate Schott, former chairman of the Rutherford County Republican Party in Murfreesboro, stated, “Joe has an intensity and passion for what’s right seldom seen in our elected leaders. I intend to do all I can to assist Joe in making the best decision, not only for himself and his family but also for the great state of Tennessee. I have encouraged Joe to seriously consider taking his conservative values to Washington, D.C. as our next congressman.”

Partial lists of Tennesseans who have volunteered for the exploratory committee are:

Lee Beaman - Chairman

Sheriff Robert Arnold

Dr. Ron McDow

Edwin McKnight

Jane & Cliff Sharp

Dr. Nate Schott

Bert McCarter

Rick Peppers

Laura Messick

Dr. Brent Boles

W. Ransom Jones

Karen Hudson

John Simmonds

Mishelle Perkins

Donald Blankenship


Alexander Confident Betsy DeVos Will Win Senate Approval For Secretary Of Education

Senator Lamar Alexander spoke on the Senate floor about Betsy DeVos, the nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education. Senator Alexander, who is chairman of the Senate education committee, said, “Few Americans have done as much as Betsy DeVos has to help low-income children have a choice of a better school. The Democrats' opposition to her says more about ... (click for more)

Rep. Graves Says He Will Fight To Make Ban On Taxpayer-Funded Abortions Permanent

 Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) released the following statement after voting in favor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (H.R. 7), which makes the ban on taxpayer-funded abortions permanent and prohibits the federal government from subsidizing insurance plans that cover elective abortion:  “I stand with the millions of ... (click for more)

City Officials Should Tour Our Roads - And Response (2)

As we near the election in March, now would be a good time for our city officials who are up for re-election to spend a little time exploring their realm.   I would invite them to take a scenic tour starting at Lake Resort Drive paying attention to the portion of the road which was recently repaired which now appears to be sliding back towards the lake again.  Follow ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Puzzling Women

After Rhonda Thurman left the “Enlightment” meeting of the Hamilton Country School Board Saturday afternoon, she must have been catching up on the news when she posted this message on her Facebook page: “I am really trying to understand. I am a woman and I cannot think of one "RIGHT" I do not have. Can someone enlighten me?” Not one person enlightened Rhonda because nobody could ... (click for more)

Big McClendon Curtis Leads Central Past Hixson

Central coach Rick Rogers knew this would be a long season for his Purple Pounder basketball team after his top seven players graduated last year. He’s exactly right, but things are headed in the right direction for Rogers as his team improved to 5-10 overall and 3-6 in District 6-AA with a heart-stopping one-point win at Hixson Monday night. That’s two wins in a row and the ... (click for more)

Cleveland, Bradley Central No. 1 And No. 2 In State Wrestling Poll

Now in its 25th year, The Poll is primarily a measure of  dual meet strength  with some consideration to individual tournament strength.   Votes are cast by a state-wide panel of high school wrestling coaches and are based on a maximum Power Ranking of 100%.   STATE POLL:   RANK ... (click for more)