You better get a tissue because I’m sure this news will you in tears:
BREAKING: Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee announces he won't seek re-election.— The Associated Press (@AP) September 26, 2017
TENNESSEAN – Sen. Bob Corker said Tuesday he will not seek re-election next year.
“After much thought, consideration and family discussion over the past year, Elizabeth and I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires at the end of 2018,” the Chattanooga Republican said in a statement.
“When I ran for the Senate in 2006, I told people that I couldn’t imagine serving for more than two terms. Understandably, as we have gained influence, that decision has become more difficult. But I have always been drawn to the citizen legislator model, and while I realize it is not for everyone, I believe with the kind of service I provide, it is the right one for me.
Corker, a two-term senator who chairs the influential Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had agonized for weeks over whether he should run for another term amid speculation that he would likely face a challenge from the GOP’s right flank.
I’m sure McConnell and Trump will be fighting tooth and nail to get another RINO to fill Corker’s seat next year. But what we really need is a strong conservative like Cruz and Lee. It’s a great opportunity to grow our conservative minority in the Senate!