Political Roundup: Red Jacket alum in heated race for U.S. Senate

Those following the career of former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen probably saw the Red Jacket High School graduate in the national news a lot this week.

Bredesen, who grew up in Shortsville, is a Democrat running to fill the seat of a longtime friend, outgoing Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.

“I am not running against Trump,” said Bredesen, as controversy erupted among Republicans after Corker said he was sticking by his decision not to campaign against Bredesen.

Corker said he considers Bredesen a “friend” and won’t oppose him. However, Corker backs Bredesen’s opponent, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

The Washington Post reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had privately told Corker that his friendly comments about Bredesen risked Republicans’ ability to hold their majority in the November elections. Republicans have a slim 51-49 advantage in the Senate.

Asked why Blackburn is a better candidate, Corker responded: “I think most people in our state … will focus on the first vote she makes, and that’s the vote to elect the majority leader.”

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