by Tricia Stickel
We are thrilled with the announcement of Andy Ogles that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate.
Tennessee has a history of fellow conservatives entering the race against a very good candidate and thus splitting the conservative vote. With rumors floating around since the announcement from Andy Ogles of his entering the campaign, we have history repeating itself. Being so tired of aspirational political greed, if our fellow conservatives insist on entering the race there would be only one conclusion, they have been convinced to support Corker by splitting the vote!
This may sound harsh, but it may be the reality. We must find the “stakeholders,” mitigate the folly and bring reason, along with our mission to supporting one candidate, Andy Ogles.
Many of us gave our everything to these contenders in past endeavors. It is time to ask other contenders what their opposition is to Andy Ogles as our next U.S. Senator?
What would be their objection? Will it again be a “calling”? Will blind ambition or an insatiable craving to climb the political ladder that ultimately create the situation which will help Bob Corker retain his seat, merely by splitting the vote?
We had our best chance to defeat Lamar Alexander in 2014. However, a division early in the campaign cycle created a separation of the grassroots conservatives. This, along with other contestants who lacked funding and name recognition along with an added vote splitter inserted by Alexander himself left us less than 9 points shy of victory. We have an actual chance to make a difference and elect a man with a true record of conservative advocacy, name recognition, large donor support and admiration, and support of the grassroots conservatives in Tennessee.
Each of these potential contenders have our respect. Now is the time to come together and stand behind one candidate. This must be an “All for one, one for all” proposition.
This cannot be a time to think about personal ambition. We must learn from history and keep the mission focused. We must defeat Bob Corker and this must be done with complete solidarity. 2018 can be the year we can stand together. It will be up to each of us individually to speak to these potential candidates and encourage their sacrifice, offer our respect and insist we stand with Andy Ogles as our next U.S. Senator from the great State of Tennessee.
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Tricia Stickel is a long-time conservative activist in Tennessee. A resident of Maury County, she is President of the Maury County Tea Party.