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Friday, December 07, 2018

Alexander lauds Corker
United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) this week paid tribute on the Senate floor to Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) saying he “is always a man on a mission with little regard of the obstacles in the way.” As an example of that, Alexander told the story about how Corker was curious about smuggling supplies from Egypt to Gaza, so he hailed a Jeep, rode to the border, inspected the tunnels, took photographs and showed them to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when they met that afternoon. “The prime minister might have been surprised by Bob Corker’s conduct, but none of us who knew Bob Corker were surprised,” Alexander said. Alexander, who has known Corker for 25 years, referenced the senator’s many accomplishments, including his stint as mayor of Chattanooga: “Now, he [Corker] would be the first to tell you that Chattanooga was already on a roll -- that a lot of people had a lot to do with Chattanooga success -- but everybody else will tell you that he was the best, fastest runner to have on the last stage of the relay team because he took what was already beginning to happen in Chattanooga and put it into high gear. Bob laid the groundwork for what eventually attracted Volkswagen to put his North American manufacturing plant there, and to have the country generally regard Chattanooga as one of the most, if not the most, desirable midsized cities in America.” Alexander continued, “Bob was elected to the United States Senate in 2006 – he has voted with the majority of Republican senators 85 percent of the time, but he always has been a conservative who prizes results over speeches. “Bob and I followed the old rule that Senators Howard Baker and Robert Byrd followed -- I won’t surprise you if you won’t surprise me. We not only didn't surprise each other, we looked out for each other. We respected each other's work even though we didn't always agree. Our staffers saw that, so they worked the same way, and I'm convinced the people of the state of Tennessee were the beneficiaries of that because when they approached either the Corker staff or the Alexander staff, I think they found that one plus one equals three, not two.”


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