Tennessee Senate race leans heavy on gun politics (VIDEOS)
By Chris Eger
With Republican control of the U.S. Senate at stake, the National Rifle Association is spending big in the race between former Gov. Phil Bredesen and U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn.
Bredesen, a Democrat who headed Tennessee as governor from 2003 to 2011, aims to head to Washington to fill the Senate seat currently held by Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.
First elected in 2006, Corker announced last year that he would not seek re-election leaving Blackburn, the GOP Deputy Whip in the House with 15 years in Congress representing Tennessee’s 7th district, as the Republican contender to the seat.
Socking Bredesen with an anti-gun “D” grade, the NRA last week announced a seven-figure campaign in support of Blackburn, calling her the choice for concerned gun owners in Tennessee. The ad says plainly that, “If Phil Bredesen wins, Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein will destroy our right to self-defense.”
“The stakes for this election are clear. Our basic right to keep a firearm in the home for self-defense hangs in the balance,” said Chris Cox, head of the NRA’s lobbying arm.
Blackburn, who in the House is a co-sponsor of the Hearing Protection Act to partially deregulate suppressors as well as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act to