Senator Bob Corker was greeted Friday morning with another withering rebuke by President Trump, in response to a series of criticisms hailed at the President over the past ten days, for which Corker – who is up for re-election by Trump-friendly Tennesseans next year – staunchly “stands by.”
Meanwhile, State Senator Mark Green’s (R-Clarksville) refusal to rule out a run against the struggling incumbent could signal a re-consideration to challenge Corker in the 2018 Republican primary.
“I’ve already told Senator Corker my thoughts about his comments about the President and that’s as far as I intend to go at this point,” Green told Breitbart News Friday afternoon.
Earlier this year State Senator Green was eyeing a run to replace the termed-out Governor Bill Haslam when the Trump Administration nominated him for Secretary of the Army. The move was met with the broad support of the Senate and wildly popular Secretary of Defense, James Mattis.
However, after a sustained, two-pronged attack by leftist groups against Green’s nomination using inaccurate accounts of remarks he made having to do with the so-called “bathroom bill” and the threat of radical Islam to the American way of life, he withdrew his nomination.
In early August, Green announced that he did not intend to run against Corker in 2018 based on how “everything sits right now.”
But a Tennessee Star Poll conducted among likely Tennessee Republican primary voters in June showed that Corker is extremely vulnerable. In a hypothetical one-on-one match-up, Corker and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) were in a statistical tie.
That same poll showed that President Trump is overwhelmingly popular among likely Tennessee Republican primary voters: 86 percent approved of his job performance, while only 11 percent disapproved.
State Sen. Mark Green is a medical doctor, West Point graduate, and a career military veteran with a distinguished record of service. He is an outspoken advocate for limited government, secure borders, and fiscal responsibility, and was most recently honored by the Center for Security Policy for his tireless efforts to protect Tennesseans from terrorism.