It took less than 24 hours for Kevin Kookogey's name to enter and exit from the 2014 Republican primary fracas.
Kookogey, a former Williamson County Republican Party chairman, declared himself an "unannounced candidate" in the Senate race in a Tennessean report, saying Sen. Lamar Alexander was going to draw another primary challenger in his quest for a third term. In August, state Rep. Joe Carr announced he would switch from his efforts in the 4th Congressional District primary to the Senate race.
But on Tuesday, Kookogey informed The Tennessean his plans were nixed in order to avoid "in-fighting" among tea party activists united in opposition to Alexander. The newspaper reported that Kookogey had intended to announce his candidacy on Wednesday, Sept. 4 and that he had prepared for his announcement for at least three months.
Kookogey was quoted saying Carr's announcement took him by surprise and added that he contacted Carr's campaign to air concerns about splitting conservative votes.
"Joe's announcement kind of came out of left field," Kookogey was quoted saying.
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