Rep. Blackburn Running for Corker Senate Seat

With the announcement that Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) is retiring, House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has thrown her hat into the ring.

That came in a YouTube video in which Blackburn ripped her own party on the way to declaring herself a candidate for Corker's seat.

She called herself a politically incorrect, 100% pro-life, card-carrying (and concealed gun permit carrying) conservative who stands for the National Anthem and would help President Trump build a wall—she was on the Trump transition team.

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She said that she is running because of the fact that the Republican majority in the Senate is a disgrace. She said too many Senate Republicans act like Democrats, or worse, though she did not say what could be worse than a Democrat.

Blackburn said she was running to make the Republican majority act like one.

Another name floated for the seat is better known for passing than running: Former Broncos and University of Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning.


(Photo via Gage Skidmore's Flickr. Image taken on May 25, 2017 and used per Creative Commons 2.0 license. The photo was cropped to fit 16x9 aspect ratio.)

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.