Actress Overall Running for U.S. Senate; Rematch in 6th District GOP Primary

Park Overall, an environmental activist and actress, has filed a qualifying petition to seek the Democatic nomination for a run against Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.
The Tennessean also reports on this deadline day for qualifying that a rematch looms in the Republican 6th District Congressional. Lou Ann Zelenik, who lost a close race to Rep. Diane Black two years ago, is trying again.
Overall, who spoke at the Tennessee Democratic Party’s Jackson Day dinner on Saturday, was “very well received” there and decided to take on Corker, who is nearing the end of his first Senate term, party spokesman Brandon Puttbrese said.
Overall said she was driven to run by “an East Tennessee fire in my belly.”
“It was the Blunt amendment that put me over the top,” she said. “That’s where they were going to decide if they would give me medical care or give me birth control depending on how they morally believed.”
The Blunt amendment was proposed earlier this year to be added to a highway funding bill. In her speech at the Jackson Day dinner, Overall asked, “Why is my womb attached to a transportation bill?”
Overall may be best known for her role on the sitcom Empty Nest. She also appeared in the 1990 movie Kindergarten Cop.
…Zelenik picked up a qualifying petition in Wilson County to run for election in the newly redrawn 6th District, and said she plans to qualify by today’s noon deadline.
Zelenik lost the 2010 GOP primary for the seat by fewer than 300 votes to Black, who went on to win the general election and is now serving her first term in Washington.
The fallout from that battle was heavy as Zelenik and Black traded barbed accusations and lawsuits. Zelenik ran an ad describing Black as having approved contracts for Aegis Sciences Corp., a drug testing company owned by her husband. A Nashville judge dismissed a suit filed by Aegis, saying the ad was protected political speech, while Zelenik countersued the company.
“We had to wait until the lawsuit was behind us” to take this step in qualifying, she told The Daily News Journal in an interview Wednesday night. “We are extremely pleased with the ruling.”
Just days before the primary, Black released ads saying Zelenik built her construction company on government contracts and “even got certified to get preferential treatment under affirmative action.”

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