For the Record: I Do Not Endorse Joe Carr

As R. Neal initially pointed out today, state Rep. Joe Carr’s website has listed yours truly as giving him an endorsement.
Not so.
I called the Rutherford County Republican today and he immediately apologized for the mistake. Seems he has a new web designer who decided to do an ‘endorsements’ page and threw me into the mix, based on a 2009 column on ‘legislative superlatives.’ (Link to the column is HERE)
Carr was deemed Republican freshman of the year in the commentary piece. Here’s a cut-and-paste of what was said about him:
Freshman of the year, Republican – Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas displayed considerable determination and a dash of diplomacy in overcoming vocal, bipartisan opposition to legislation legalizing liquor distilleries around the state. Also, he overcame head-scratching and consternation, mostly from Democrats, in successfully sponsoring a bill outlawing “sanctuary cities” in Tennessee, a measure which does nothing except make a political statement by declaring cities must follow federal immigration laws. In other words, he could cover all the bases.
“That’s not at all an endorsement,” said Carr when contacted. “I understand that and it’s my fault. I didn’t even think about that when we put it under endorsements. I apologize.”
He said the website would be changed promptly.
Carr is one of the top Democratic targets in the coming fall campaigns that will decide partisan control of the state House. He faces a stiff re-election challenge from David LaRoche of Murfreesboro.

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