Corker Gets a Republican Challenger (relying on ‘tea party’ fervor’)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hendersonville technology consultant Zach Poskevich says he will capitalize on “tea party fervor” in challenging U.S. Sen. Bob Corker in the next year’s Republican primary.
Poskevich, an Army veteran making his first bid for office, said in a release announcing his candidacy on Wednesday that he “can do better than Bob Corker.”
Corker, a former Chattanooga mayor, had $5.3 million on hand for his re-election bid at the end of the most recent reporting period, compared with $5,000 Poskevich had given his own campaign.
Poskevich acknowledged that he won’t be able to challenge Corker’s fundraising prowess, which he called “corporate-driven.”
Federal Election Commission records list James Patrick Durkan of Chattanooga as another Republican candidate for the seat. No Democrats have joined the race so far.
Note: Poskevich’s announcement news release is below.

News release from Zach Poskevich:
September 14, 2011, Hendersonville, TN – Hendersonville resident and Army war veteran, Zach Poskevich, has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to the United States Senate for the state of Tennessee. Fueled by the strong belief that Tennessee can do better than Bob Corker at preserving Constitutional values and our American interests, Poskevich will work to restore Congress to the founding fathers’ original intent.
Poskevich proudly served his country in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and this is his first run for any political office. In fact, his lack of experience as an elected official is already proving to be a strong reason why he is gaining such early momentum.
As the tea party movement continues to grow, people increasingly desire a restoration of the Constitutionally-limited role of federal government. He feels the more government tries to solve problems, the more problems it creates.
“People are struggling like never before and this country is divided like never before because we have thrown away the rule book in Washington,” said Poskevich. “People have lost patience with representatives who break promises, betray their constituency and dishonor the oath they took to protect and support the U.S. Constitution against all enemies when they were sworn into office.”
While Poskevich acknowledges he won’t be able to match Corker’s fundraising efforts dollar-fordollar, which have predominantly come from corporate-driven individual giving, he believes he can still successfully unseat the incumbent.
“We have the Constitution on our side and people who are willing to fight for someone who does not think it’s a good idea to give President Obama a blank check by raising the debt ceiling, weakening our national security by voting for the New START treaty, or compromising American sovereignty and individual property rights by voting for the Tennessee Wilderness Act,” said Poskevich.
Poskevich is employed as a technology consultant. He is married to his wife of 11 years, Lenore. They have a 10-year-old daughter, Reagan, named after former President Reagan.
To learn more about his campaign, including where Zach stands on the issues and the works that helped shape his view, go to

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