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Scooter Touts GOP Power Parade in Support of Senate Bid

State Republican fundraiser B.C. “Scooter” Clippard appears set to run in a GOP state Senate primary, but Andy Sher reports that an email he recently sent is raising a few eyebrows with his mention of state Republican bigwigs supporting his bid.
“Fred Thompson — Bill Frist — Lamar — Corker — Beth and Ron all plan on doing events for me,” Clippard enthuses in the email, which saw wide distribution.
Clippard served as national fundraising chairman in former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson’s unsuccessful 2008 GOP presidential bid and in 2010 and also was state Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey’s unsuccessful GOP primary bid for governor.
But two of the politicians cited say they’re steering clear of the GOP primary in which Steve Dickerson and Charles Williamson have already announced.
“It has been our custom not to be involved in open state legislative primaries, and we have no plans to change that practice,” said Todd Womack, chief of staff to U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., in an email.
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was quoted in the Nashville Post saying, “Scooter Clippard has been a good friend for a long time. He called to tell me he planned to run and I told him I would be happy to do an event for him after the primary.”