Corker Doesn't Look For Manning To Fill His Seat

Posted September 28, 2017

GOP consultant Tom Ingram spoke to the Tennessean about the possibility of Manning running for a seat in March, but he said he doesn't know about anything about the former QB running for office. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee retires.

It doesn't look like Peyton Manning is sticking to sports.

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Sitting on the largest sum of campaign money among Republicans facing re-election to the Senate, few in Tennessee thought Bob Corker wouldn't run for a third term next year.

The veteran Republican added that if Manning chose to run, his popularity would propel him to a victory in the 2018 race for Tennessee's open U.S. Senate seat.

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Shortly after Corker's announcement, Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais suggested that Manning could be the right fit to take his place, in an interview with Business Insider.

Aides with Senator Alexander's office called the Politico article an "unfounded rumor". "Last week I was going to run a team, this week I going to apparently run for Senate, and next week I'll be an astronaut", Manning said at the time, per The Denver Post. With an open seat and Democrats sensing a chance for a flip, the party may chose to seek a more seasoned candidate to lead the race, rather than Mackler who is only now making his first steps in the political world. (You can read about them here.) I have told more than one person the true fact that Archie Manning, Peyton's father and a legendary figure in college football and a Hall of Fame quarterback himself, is the nicest person I ever met in this business.

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