Former Americans for Prosperity State Director Andrew Ogles (R) said Thursday that he will challenge Sen. Bob Corker (R) in the GOP primary.
Ogles, who is planning a statewide tour next month, took aim in his announcement at career politicians, whom he accused of failing to act on health care, the budget, and tax reform. Ogles has led the Tennessee chapter of Americans for Prosperity since 2013. His campaign leadership and staff will be announced over the next week. (release)
Ogles: “Sadly, Republicans who promised to govern as conservatives if we would just ‘give them a majority’ are letting us down the most, including our Senators from Tennessee.”
Meanwhile, state Sen. Mark Green (R) said he is “seriously considering” a challenge to Corker.
Green: “Anyone truly committed to the people of Tennessee would have no choice but to consider running given the overwhelming push by people all over the state to do so.”
State Rep. Joe Carr (R), another potential candidate, “said Wednesday he has talked to a number of people who’ve been and maybe are still inside the White House’ about his candidacy as he weighs a bid.” He declined to say if he’s spoken with Steve Bannon, who has reportedly proposed finding a challenger to Corker. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Corker has not yet officially declared if he is seeking reelection.