Capping off his first week as a candidate in next year's Republican Senate primary, state Rep. Joe Carr attacked Sen. Lamar Alexander for having a "liberal" voting record.
Carr, who announced his candidacy as a conservative challenger to the two-term senator last week, issued a news release citing a scorecard compiled by Heritage Action for America, a conservative watchdog group backed by the Heritage Foundation. According to a compiled list of Alexander's positions on votes the group saw as key, Alexander holds the third-least-conservative voting record in the 11-member Tennessee delegation at 41 percent.
Among the votes the group holds Alexander accountable for are his support for a bill to extend relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy, his support to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, his backing of the Marketplace Fairness Act, support for the recent Senate immigration bill and voting to confirm various cabinet nominees by President Barack Obama.
"Lamar has lost his touch," Carr said.
The group also seeks to hold Alexander accountable for his vote to support a 2013 Senate Water Resources Development Act, which included a solution for maintaining and ultimately replacing the Chickamauga Lock. Before backing the bill, Alexander visited the lock to emphasize his support.
A spokesman for the Alexander campaign did not respond to requests for comment made by Nooga.com Monday.
Carr added that similar scorecards being kept by conservative groups like the Club for Growth and the Madison Project showed a similar trend in Alexander's voting patterns.
The Republican Senate primary is Aug. 7, 2014.
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