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Rep. Carr Airs Ad Hoping to Unseat Alexander Next Year

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In tonight's VOTE 2014 report, we look at a political ad that's already attracting attention. The ad claims Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) cut a last minute back room deal to help another state during the recent budget shutdown. State Representative Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) started airing the ad this week hoping to unseat Alexander next year. The Primary is nearly 10 months away. Already, Carr is attacking fellow Republican Alexander. Carr is talking about Kentucky's Olmstead Dam and legislation Alexander inserted into the shutdown negotiation deal to build it.

As you'd imagine, Senator Alexander's office isn't a fan of the ad, calling it a lie in this statement: "If Pinocchio had written this campaign ad, his nose would be a foot long". FOX17 NEWS contacted the Army Corps. of Engineers and, as it turns out, the Olmstead Dam project is a priority that dates back to 1988. Engineer David Dale says Congress had already approved the $3 billion price tag, but he says Alexander's bill was still needed.

Dale says without that authorization the Corps. would have had to stop construction in November, costing taxpayers $160 million to shut down and then restart the work later. Alexander's office says that's why it was so important to pass the authorization, but Carr says it's telling his competitor was focused on Kentucky when Chattanooga's Chickamauga Dam needs money too. Senator Alexander's office tells FOX17 NEWS he is working hard to get the money for the Chickamauga Dam project, and has spearheaded legislation that would provide it.

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