US Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn has just announced her run to fill the Senate seat of retiring Senator Bob Corker:
TENNESSEAN – U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is entering the 2018 U.S. Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker, ending a week’s worth of speculation and immediately catapulting her to front-runner status as others consider launching their own bids.
In an online video released Thursday, Blackburn touted her conservative credentials while in Congress and the Tennessee legislature and her support for President Donald Trump and his policies.
Calling the U.S. Senate dysfunctional and “enough to drive you nuts,” the Brentwood, Tenn. Republican says that ineffectiveness is why she’s decided to enter the race.
“I know the left calls me a wingnut or a knuckle-dragging conservative. And you know what, I say that’s alright, bring it on,” Blackburn says in the nearly three-minute video.
Her announcement comes less than an hour after Gov. Bill Haslam, who was weighing a bid for the seat, said he will not launch a campaign.
Here’s the video of her announcement:
I’m glad to see she’s running for this seat. She’ll be a much better asset to conservatives in the Senate than RINO Corker. But you can better believe McConnell and his cronies are going to start pouring tons of money into this race to defeat her and install a much more moderate candidate who will always stand with leadership.