Corker Lobbied Harwell on U.S. Senate Nomination Bill

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker called House Speaker Beth Harwell for the first time ever to voice his concerns about a bill that would let state legislators pick the Republican and Democratic nominees for the U.S. Senate, reports WATE-TV.
Under the bill, which has since been sidelined for the year, Corker could face having to convince Republican legislators to make him the GOP nominee in 2018 when he’s next up for reelection.
In a phone interview with 6 News, House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) said she approached Rep. Brooks about removing the bill from the committee agenda after she received a phone call from U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
According to Harwell, Corker said he did not support the current legislation but agreed that improvements could be made.
Harwell said the two, “had a pleasant conversation and discussed ways to improve the dialogue [between Nashville and Washington, D.C.]”
Harwell said Sen. Corker had never contacted her before about a piece of legislation in Nashville, but she is glad this bill led to what she hopes to be improved dialogue in the future.
On Tuesday Sen. Corker was asked about the bill in Nashville today and said: “This is up to the general assembly to decide, but my sense is that Tennesseans are a very involved citizenry who like their ability to vote and make those kinds of decisions.”

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