NASHVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The chatter about Senator Bob Corker running again is reaching a feverish pitch. It comes as former Congressman Stephen Fincher dropped out of the Republican U.S. Senate primary, urging Corker to re-enter.
Congressional member and Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn is counting on a lot of support up on Tennessee's Capitol Hill. Starting with tweets from Middle Tennessee State Senator Jack Johnson, then reps from East and Middle Tennessee, Blackburn seemed to get a lot of support no matter who she might face in the Republican primary for Bob Corker's Senate seat.
Earlier last week, Blackburn's campaign spokesperson called anyone who doesn't think Marsha can win a "sexist pig" and talk of Corker running again coming from "tired old men." Corker was not having any part of it Friday.
“Nothing has changed at present, thank you for asking,” said Sen. Corker.
Earlier, he basked in words from the top guy at Google. It could have doubled as a campaign pitch.
“As you all know, Senator Corker is a great advocate for the state of TN and as chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, he has been a tireless advocate for billions of internet users around the world,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
Corker chose the groundbreaking of Clarksville's Google data center to make his first public appearance Friday in Tennessee since word he might reconsider a third Senate term. While not addressing his future, the Senator did joke about his IQ.
“I can tell everyone in the audience that the intelligence quotient just dropped tremendously as I stepped to the podium,” said Sen. Corker.
The Senator isn't above poking fun at himself. Whether he does it again on the campaign trail is the question.
Former Governor Phil Bredesen, who is running on the Democrat side for the Senate seat, dismissed talk of facing his old friend Corker. “This changes nothing,” his campaign spokesperson said. "(He) got in this race to be a true representative for the people on Tennessee, not to run against anyone."