Rep. Marsha Blackburn lobbies Republicans in Corker’s backyard

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Representative Marsha Blackburn came to Chattanooga today, but brushed off questions about whether Bob Corker will jump back into the Senate race.

She got in the race after the former Chattanooga Mayor announced he would not run again.

But now Senator Corker says he is reconsidering after some Republicans have asked him to, fearing that democrat Phil Bredesen will beat Blackburn.

The Congresswoman addressed the Pachyderm club in Corker’s hometown at noon.

She says she is focused on getting “Obamacare off the books,” and dealing with the immigration issues, among other thorny issues in a badly divided senate.

“We’re continuing to highlight the same things we’ve been highlighting, and the people of this state have responded so positively to that message…supporting president Trump, supporting his agenda…focusing on pro-business ..pro family, pro life policies.”

Senator Corker has not set a deadline for a final decision.

Last week, his spokesperson laid out what is happening.

“In recent days, people across Tennessee have reached out to Senator Corker with concerns about the outcome of this election because they believe it could determine control of the Senate and the future of our agenda.”

“The senator has been encouraged to reconsider his decision and is listening closely.”

Blackburn has said she is staying in the race, regardless.

She is not attacking Corker by name.

Instead she is trying to line up Republican endorsements while he sits out the race.

Blackburn got another one on Monday, this time from retired State Senate Leader Ron Ramsey.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>I’m proud to support my good friend <a href=”https://twitter.com/VoteMarsha?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@VoteMarsha</a> and join grassroots supporters that make up <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamMarsha?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#TeamMarsha</a>. We fought the state income tax together and I know that she will take that same conservative spirit to put Tennessee first all the way to the U.S. Senate. I <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/StandWithMarsha?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#StandWithMarsha</a></p>&mdash; Ron Ramsey (@RonRamsey) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RonRamsey/status/968234761515929606?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>February 26, 2018</a></blockquote>
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