Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he hopes Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander wins re-election, despite Tea Party groups who want to challenge the state’s senior Senator. But Paul is hedging when asked if he would officially endorse his GOP colleague.
Paul and Alexander have been spending a lot of time together over the past few months. In February, the two joined forces to stop restrictions on fishing below Corps of Engineers dams. Footage of Paul from that event was used in Alexander campaign commercial.
At the time, Paul said the ad was not an official endorsement. Appearing alongside the Senator again today, Paul said he didn’t want to get into what he called “political games.”
“I hate to be painted as ‘I came here and I’m not endorsing him,'” Paul said just before a charter school roundtable at KIPP Academy. “I think that’s the wrong message to send. I’m very supportive of Senator Alexander and I hope he doesn’t get an opponent. I really do. I hope he wins re-election.”
Paul is a Tea Party favorite, but activists in Tennessee are irked by Lamar Alexander’s record. They’re looking for a primary challenger to Alexander. So far, no one has come forward.