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Michael P Leahy and Beat Lamar Rally
Establishment Republican Senator Lamar Alexander’s reelection prospects continue to slide as Michael Patrick Leahy, co-founder of BEAT LAMAR, announced today that two additional local grassroots groups, the Nashville Tea Party and the newly formed Coalition for a Constitutional Senate, will co-host the first BEAT LAMAR Forum, which will be held in Nashville on Saturday, August 31, from 1 pm to 3:30 pm at a location to be announced soon.

The purpose of the forum is to hear from announced and potential challengers to Senate Lamar Alexander’s bid to obtain the Republican Party’s nomination for United States Senate in the August, 2014 primary. One announced candidate, Brenda Lenard, and two potential candidates, Kevin Kookogey and Tim Burchett, have been invited. According to Leahy, “Additional featured speakers may be added prior to August 31st, but our current plan is to invite only these three.”

Ralph Bristol, host of the top rated radio program, Nashville’s Morning News heard weekdays on 99.7 FM WWTN, will serve as moderator of the event, and the Nashville Tea Party’s Ben Cunningham will be the master of ceremonies.

The public is invited to attend and ask questions of the featured speakers. In order to secure a spot, attendees are invited to sign up at the Beat Lamar Forum event on Facebook.

The August 31 BEAT LAMAR Forum in Nashville is the first of five such forums that will be held around the state. Additional BEAT LAMAR Forums will be held in Memphis  on September 7  (co-sponsored with the MidSouth Tea Party), Chattanooga on September 14 (co-sponsored with the Chattanooga Tea Party), Knoxville (co-sponsored with the Smoky Mountain Tea Party Patriots) on September 21, and Johnson City on September 28 (co-sponsored with the Tri-Cities Tea Party) .

About the featured speakers:

Tim Burchett is the Mayor of Knox County. He served for sixteen years in the Tennessee General Assembly, four in the House of Representatives and twelve in the State Senate.

Kevin Kookogey is the immediate past chairman of the Williamson County Republican Party and President and Founder of Linchpins of Liberty: An American Leadership Development Enterprise. Kevin was the first to testify before the House Ways & Means Committee regarding the IRS' recent targeting of conservative groups. 

Brenda Lenard is an announced candidate for the 2014 Republican nomination for the United States Senate in Tennessee.  She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville.

About the event co-sponsors:

The Coalition for a Constitutional Senate is an informal statewide group of about 70 Tea Party and liberty organizations organized by Eric Stamper, co-founder of Sumner United for Responsible Government.

The Nashville Tea Party is the largest Tea Party group in middle Tennessee.

BEAT LAMAR is a project of the Real Conservatives National Committee, the conservative ground game independent expenditure SUPER PAC, which is located in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

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