Joe Carr: Lamar Alexander 'Trying to Fool' Voters on Border Security
Sen. Lamar Alexander's (R-Tenn.) primary challenger, Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr, picked up another national Tea Party endorsement Thursday, the same day he released a new statewide radio ad.
Carr, blasted Alexander for calling for National Guard troops on the border a year after he voted for the Senate's amnesty bill which many believe contributed to the border crisis.
"After recklessly voting for an amnesty that paved the way for the current border crisis, Senator Alexander is trying to fool Tennesseans by pretending to be strong on border security," Carr said on Wednesday. "If he were really serious about permanent solutions to this growing epidemic, Senator Alexander would sign FAIR's 'No Amnesty' pledge, as I have done, and permanently abandon his war on Tennessee's working families."
Carr, whom the Tea Party Patriots have endorsed, continued to to hammer Alexander on the amnesty issue in the ad buy, in which he says Alexander conveniently has not mentioned that law enforcement officials had warned him that the Senate's amnesty bill would cause a spike in the number of illegal immigrant children crossing the border.
"Joe wants to preserve American sovereignty; Lamar Alexander's policies are producing a human wave of criminality and disease on the Rio Grande," the conservative group's chairwoman, Jenny Beth Martin, said in a statement.
"I'm running because voters deserve a conservative alternative to Lamar Alexander's liberal voting record," Carr says. "But Lamar doesn't want to discuss the issues and has refused to debate. Instead, he says voters just need to go his website. That's right - Lamar says he doesn't have time to debate; instead he wants us to read his website."
Carr points out that "the problem is, Lamar's website doesn't tell you that immigration authorities warned him that his amnesty vote would create a border crisis" and "doesn't tell you that he voted with Democrats to pass a bill creating a border crisis by giving amnesty to 11 million illegal aliens."
Carr led the charge for stricter immigration laws in the Tennessee Legislature and believes the focus on immigration reform could pay off for him in the Aug. 7 primary election.
Despite the attacks on immigration, Alexander remains poised for reelection, with every survey of the race showing him ahead by double-digit margins.