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BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
Following U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander’s announcement last year that he would not run for reelection, many Tennesseans guessed former Gov. Bill Haslam may run for the seat, an assumption further fueled by Haslam’s comments in January where he stated he was “thinking about the Senate seat.”
After Haslam told The Tennessean Thursday morning that he wouldn’t be running for the open Senate seat, many saw the next logical candidate to be U.S. Rep. Mark Green. In a preemptive statement released Thursday, Green announced that he would not be seeking election in the Senate.
“Since I was 17 years old on The Plain at West Point taking the Oath of Office to serve our nation, I’ve dedicated my life to serving the ideals of our great country, its people, and its greatest needs,” Green said. “Over the past several months, I’ve been honored and humbled by everyone asking me to run for the U.S. Senate. As Camie and I have prayed about how to best use our time and resources, I do not plan to seek election to the U.S. Senate in 2020.”
Instead, Green said he believed the best use of his efforts would be in the U.S. House of Representatives, of which Democrats now have control over after the 2018 midterms, with a split of 235 – 197.
“Over the next two years, the most important fight for the future of our country is helping our President win re-election,” Green said. “The second most important fight will be winning back Republican control of the U.S. House of Representatives. I will be doing everything I can to help win these fights, and look forward to serving in a new Republican majority in 2021 with President Trump in his second term.”
“I am looking forward to continuing to represent the people of Tennessee by defending the Constitution and supporting the President, stopping abortion and protecting religious freedom, helping President Trump build the wall and end illegal immigration, standing with our troops and supporting our veterans, and stopping the threat of socialism from destroying America.”