Sen. Bob Corker is inching closer to ditching his retirement plans and running for reelection.
After a person close to the Tennessee Republican said Monday the senator was “listening” to those imploring him to run again, Corker’s team went further on Tuesday, acknowledging he is reconsidering his decision to call it quits after two terms.
“In recent days, people across Tennessee have reached out to Senator Corker with concerns about the outcome of this election because they believe it could determine control of the Senate and the future of our agenda. The senator has been encouraged to reconsider his decision and is listening closely,” said Micah Johnson, a spokeswoman for the senator.
Corker faces a tough fight if he chooses to get back in. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has put up strong fundraising and poll numbers in a primary that Corker ostensibly left last fall amid a feud with President Donald Trump.
Blackburn’s campaign has indicated she’s unlikely to leave the race if Corker reenters it. Some Republicans fear Blackburn could lose to Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen and that Corker would be a stronger general election candidate.
But Blackburn’s campaign insists that’s nonsense.
“Anyone who thinks Marsha Blackburn can’t win a general election is just a plain sexist pig,” said Andrea Bozek, a spokeswoman for Blackburn. “She’s the best fundraiser in the country and is beating Phil Bredesen in several polls. We aren’t worried about these ego-driven, tired old men. Marsha has spent her whole life fighting people who told her she wasn’t good enough and she will do it again.”