Republican Sen. Bob Corker To Retire In 2018

The Tennessean reports:

Sen. Bob Corker said Tuesday he will not seek re-election next year. “After much thought, consideration and family discussion over the past year, Elizabeth and I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires at the end of 2018,” the Chattanooga Republican said in a statement.

“When I ran for the Senate in 2006, I told people that I couldn’t imagine serving for more than two terms. Understandably, as we have gained influence, that decision has become more difficult. But I have always been drawn to the citizen legislator model, and while I realize it is not for everyone, I believe with the kind of service I provide, it is the right one for me.”

Corker, a former Chattanooga mayor, was first elected to the Senate in 2006, defeating Democrat Harold Ford Jr. of Memphis in an otherwise difficult election season for the GOP. Republicans lost their majorities in both the Senate and the House that year. Corker was the only Republican newcomer to win a Senate seat that year.

Last week Corker revealed that the Senate will consider a plan to limit Trump’s nuclear strike powers.

  • Gustav2

    I can haz lobbyist job if I can’t be gov of TN.

  • Silver Badger

    Another one bites the dust. Sad. Not really, but sorta kinda.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Put a cork in him! Corker’s done!

  • Judas Peckerwood

    “Corker, a former Chattanooga mayor, was first elected to the Senate in 2006, defeating Democrat Harold Ford Jr….”

    The slimeball Harold Ford, Jr. is a “Democrat” in name only.

    • Gustav2

      And to this day is supposedly the voice of the Democratic Party on Mourning Joe.

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    • ErikDC

      Yet still would have been better than Corker.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        Maybe, but there’s no depth to which Ford won’t sink.

      • GayOldLady

        Not really. His Senate candidacy was a joke. He appeared with GWB on his visit to Nashville when most Tennessee Dems were still angry and bitter about Gore’s Presidential loss.He was defeated before he ever ran.

        • ErikDC

          Corker never voted with the Democrats. Ford would have at least occasionally and probably often.

          This is emblematic of why Democrats so rarely win. Liberals too often vote with their heart instead of their head. Ford was the unquestionably better candidate in that race if your politics are left of center.

          • Ninja0980

            Ford voted yes twice on one of the most bigoted and ugly pieces of legislation ever proposed, the Federal Marriage Amendment.
            I hate the purity tests too but there is a fine line.
            And this was it.
            Ford voted yes and likely cost himself a lot of support that could have won him the election.

          • ErikDC

            The choice wasn’t Bob Corker or Ted Kennedy. The choice was Bob Corker or Harold Ford. Ford was clearly the better choice.

            Further, it was an open seat being vacated by Bill fuckin’ Frist; the man who infamously attempted to diagnose Terri Schiavo by video from the floor of the US Senate. Harold Ford would have been a big fuckin’ improvement over Bill Frist.

          • GayOldLady

            Ford didn’t even come close to winning the seat and it wasn’t the fault of Democrats, he was a terrible candidate, that’s why he’s no longer in politics. If you’re a Democratic in TN you have to win Dems & Independents to get elected. He couldn’t.

          • ErikDC

            I don’t know what your definition of “didn’t even come close” happens to be, but that race was 50.7% to 48%. Most would say a 2.7% margin of victory is close.

            By comparison, the 2004 US presidential election was a nearly identical 50.7% to 48.3%. That was considered a close race.

          • GayOldLady

            He lost by 50k votes, as TN Senate Election went in 2006, that’s a sizable margin because Senatorial elections in off years are always low turnout. He was basically an absentee Representative who spent little time in the State and did little to gin up support outside of the traditional liberal bastions. You can’t win in TN without presence. No one knew who Corker was when he ran except the residents of Chattanooga, but everyone knew who Harold was. Corker got out and worked his ass off to win. I believed then as I do now that Harold took that race for granted until the 11th hr. Regardless TN struggles to elect Dems because it heavily favors Repubs. Without a strong turnout, particularly a strong independent turnout, Dem Senatorial candidates cannot win in TN. With Corker leaving and perhaps Lamar too, we will work hard to find a challenger who CAN WIN, but it will be another off year election to fill Corker’s seat and I hold little hope of success.

          • ErikDC

            GURL.

            I know what the election result was for a random US Senate seat 12 years ago. Do you think I don’t know what year the election took place?! I compared it to a close, high profile race, IN A DIFFERENT YEAR, to refute your idiotic statement that Ford “didn’t even come close.” Why you thought that meant I believed both elections took place in 2004 is on you. Further, no other Democrat has come within 10% of winning a US Senate seat in Tennessee since 1990. THEREFORE, Harold Ford’s candidacy was BY FAR the best chance Democrats have had to pick up a US Senate seat in Tennessee in the past quarter century. Again, Ford came within 2.7%.

            Second, I’m not arguing that Harold Ford was the perfect candidate. I’m not even arguing that i’d like to see Harold Ford on my ballot. (I wouldn’t.) All i’m saying is that had Harold Ford been the junior US Senator for Tennessee from 2007-2013, during Obama’s first term (2009-2013), he would have supported some of President Obama’s agenda. Bob Corker supported none of it. Therefore, it is immensely stupid for people to call Ford a DINO. SOME SUPPORT for your agenda is better than NO SUPPORT for your agenda. Anyone who can’t think that logically and strategically is dumb as fuck.

          • GayOldLady

            “All i’m saying is that had Harold Ford been the junior US Senator for
            Tennessee from 2007-2013, during Obama’s first term (2009-2013), he
            would have supported some of President Obama’s agenda”

            Sorry Eric, but Ford in the Senate wouldn’t have helped Obama’s agenda at all. We lost the House in 2010 and lost 6 seats in the Senate in 2010. The Senate makeup after election 2010 was 51/47 with Ford it would have been 52/46. After we lost the House in 2010 we lost all hope of completing Obama’s agenda.

            This State, that I’ve lived in for 70+ years, is still part of DIXIE and it will likely take another generation for the South to return to Blue. Harold Ford had no chance of winning because he ran as a Republican against a Republican, despite the numbers you think prove otherwise. The turnout was higher than most mid-terms because of the Anti-Gay referendum that turned out Repugs in greater numbers, but the turnout was still much lower than GE year.

            And FYI, The State Democratic Party knew Harold Ford was anti-gay, anti-choice when they ran him but they refused to get behind any candidate but Ford. If it smells like shit and tastes like shit, it’s shit and Harold Ford, Jr was a shitty candidate for the LGBT community and women. Discouraging other democrats from challenging Ford was a serious mistake on the part of the State Democratic Party. The communities who were impacted by his positions simply refused to support him because he literally held positions that weren’t much different than Corker. Implying that the LGBT community in TN is “dumb as fuck” for not supporting him is, well, “dumb as fuck”.

            Harold Ford, Jr. History:

            “In Congress, Ford opposed benefits for same-sex couples and supported the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would have defined marriage as one man and one woman. He told Democrats they should be more supportive of the Iraq War, and criticized Senate Democrats who attempted to filibuster the nomination of Samuel Alito. He was one of the few Democrats who voted for the bankruptcy bill, and he defined himself as a pro-life candidate, supporting some restrictions on abortion,”

          • TCinBerkeley

            The perfect is the enemy of the good. As we saw with HRC vs the Bernie-bots in this last election.

          • Michael Angelo III

            They lose because Republicans vote for their candidates, without question, while Democrats crucify any candidate who doesn’t meet every qualification they’ve added to their list of requirements needed for their vote. We will continue to lose if people don’t wise up.

          • GayOldLady

            Would you have gone out and voted for a Democrat who supported a State Anti-Gay Marriage amendment in 2006?

          • Michael Angelo III

            We aren’t living in 2006. A Democrat who took that position now wouldn’t even make it out of the primaries. Today, I don’t have to worry about voting for a Democrat who, when he takes office, will work to deprive me of my rights. So I have to consider what he offers both on its own and in comparison to what the Republican offers. I’m not going to stay home and pout if he doesn’t embody all 20 bullet points of the progressive platform. If I can live with our disagreements or suspect that his mind can be changed eventually, I’m going to vote for him because he will, in 99/100 cases, be the better option than the Republican opponent.

            Too many voters in the Democratic party want all and, if they don’t get it, they’ll take nothing…and often less than nothing. And I’m not even talking about the big issues that bring most people out to vote. I’m talking about bullshit nitpicking that is petty and focused on trivial issues.(We don’t even have to bring Hillary into the discussion considering the walloping the party took in the House and state legislatures.)

          • GayOldLady

            Well, the option was to vote for a Democrat that supported both a State amendment banning gay marriage and a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage. And the election we’re discussing happened in 2006. I’m in my 70’s and have voted for many Democrats, including Obama who didn’t openly support Marriage equality, but not one who
            actively campaigned against my Civil rights. I don’t need a “purity test ” lecture from anyone. I’ve voted for many candidates in my life who didn’t check all the boxes, but when the civil rights of my community is on the ballot I’m not voting for any candidate who’s actively working against me.

          • Michael Angelo III

            But my response was to Erik, who made a generic statement about why Democrats lose, and not to the 2006 race being discussed so I was a bit confused as to why you asked the question. A misunderstanding.

            And I don’t know you. The Democrats I was referring to were ones like the DACA protesters who shouted down Nancy Pelosi because they thought that she didn’t do enough for them while ignoring the fact that what she did was far, far more than the alternative, which was nothing. Some of them will vote against her for not doing enough and then bitch and moan when the deciding vote cast against the DACA kids will be cast by the Republican who replaces Pelosi…all because she didn’t do enough.(The example is more of a hypothetical because I don’t think that Pelosi is in any danger of losing her seat.) I cast votes for candidates who did not support gay marriage before it was legal because I knew that they would not campaign against it and because the alternative was an anti-gay Republican who did not support gay marriage and actively condemned it. I don’t think we are all that different when it comes to making our choices on election day.

          • GayOldLady

            “I don’t think we are all that different when it comes to making our choices on election day.”

            I agree. And I have no problem with the DACA protesters although I do think sometimes anger is misdirected. Pelosi is a staunch supporter of DACA, but they see her conversations with Trump as using them as “bargaining chips”. I disagree. I think Pelosi has a tough job that I liken to herding cattle and I don’t think there’s anyone who could command the Dem Caucus any better than Pelosi.

  • Ninja0980

    Is it bad that I don’t find Corker as loathsome as Harold Ford Jr., who came up to NY to run for Senate in 2010 and tried to justify his two yes votes for the bigoted Federal Marriage Amendment?

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Nope, Ford is utterly repellant. The best description I’ve come across was “smirking sociopath”.

      • trouble94114

        I believe in the case of Harold, Jr. “smirking sociopath” is a family trait.

  • Uncle Mark

    I know a certain turtle that won’t want to come out of his shell for the rest of the week. (Suffer, reptile !!)

    • Ben in Oakland

      amphibian?

      • Uncle Mark

        Nope…technically they’re reptiles

        • Ben in Oakland

          so are congressmen. Taxonomy is confusing.

  • boobert

    Now the question is what kind of nut will Tennessee come up with to replace him?

    • bambinoitaliano

      Not the kind you can hold in your mouth for sure.

      • Todd20036

        I dunno. I’ve been able to hold some pretty large…

        Oh, I may have gone off on a tangent.

        • MusicBear88

          Slu… oh hell… person I admire. 😛

        • Robincho

          Your penchant for capacitaciousness is something in the face of which I have always stood in awe…

    • FAEN

      The regular GOP nut we’ve come to expect of late-thr love child of Roy Moore and Steve Bannon.

    • Tomcat

      And Lamar Alexander too. He is quitting too.

  • Tawreos

    This would be better news, but Tennessee will probably replace him with someone much worse.

  • Gonna be quite a few GOPers deciding to hang up their trunks in the coming year.

    • bambinoitaliano

      And it will take many more years for their balls to reemerge.

  • justme

    This could be interesting to see..
    If not for the Repub -Russian hacking we saw in 2016..
    Democratic State reps better stand up and take notice…

  • bambinoitaliano

    I have no idea if this is parody or real or there is an invasion of invisible brain eating bugs.
    https://twitter.com/Freeyourmindkid/status/912770188885610504

    • MichaelJ

      I’m pretty sure it’s a parody, since the “About” section of “The Petty Tribune” website reads “Your #1 source of alternative fact based news.” But the slogan “Blue Lives Matter” is real. I’ve seen at least one bumper sticker on a car, with the same blue as the sign the photo. Had to explain it to my better half.

      • Todd20036

        Yeah, a response to “black lives matter”.

        But just as “White Pride” is an excuse to hate minorities, “blue lives matters” is an excuse to shoot people “just because”

  • bkmn

    He knows there are greener fields being a lobbyist.

    • justme

      or is Mueller closing in??

  • Gerry Fisher

    “This isn’t the GOP I signed up for.”

    • justme

      and I was elected to vote NO against the “blah” guy

  • Tomcat

    I hope there are many more to come but the replacements will be even more to the right. So lose, lose.

  • JWC

    PUHLEEZE take Donny with you

  • Longpole

    Corker looks whipped, tried and wrung out. There goes trump draining the swamp again. Making room for only the nastiest creatures to survive and take their place.

  • Tomcat

    Gotta ask, ARE there ANY proud republicans out there?

  • ian

    Coward jumps ship to probably get a sweet lobbying job. If he were a Patriot, he’d switch parties and be part of the resistance. That would be a rebuke against the GOP and trump. Sure he wouldn’t win re-election, but since he’s quitting anyway what would it matter? The symbolism would be great at least, even if ineffective.

  • Ninja0980

    Based on what I’ve read so far, Marsha Blackburn is the favorite to win his seat.
    I guess Roy Moore is going to want some company when it comes to being a vile, theocratic piece of shit.

    • Tomcat

      Marsha,Marsha, Marsha. Eat a snickers.

  • Southeast PDXer

    Does Al Gore still live in Tennessee. Because if he does, then the Democratic Party needs to start recruiting him now. He can do so much in the Senate to help better the planet than the White House is going to do anytime soon.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      I love Al Gore!

    • Tomcat

      Vice Presidents don’t usually want to serve in the Senate Or House.

      • Southeast PDXer

        True – but Gore was previously a senator from Tennessee. And with what is at stake, and the ability to affect change for good, he just might do this.

        • Tomcat

          Tennessee is beyond any more hope. Just try and forget we were a state in America, we are doomed.

          • Southeast PDXer

            I believe a great man once told us, “Keep hope alive.”

          • Tomcat

            HE has money, therefore (HE) has hope.

    • CharlestonDave

      Given that Gore lost TN in the presidential election, he may not be as appealing a candidate as you suggest.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    GOP gained influence and wasted it totally.

  • NotAnApologist

    Annnnd, more rats jumping ship

  • justme

    “I’ve done my damage..Obstructed and denigrated a true President”
    Time to leave before I’m caught..

    • Tomcat

      True President??????? I doubt it very much. I don’t even thing Corker would suggest trump is a true president.

      • justme

        WHO was thinking of tRUMP.!!
        Russian backed and hacked!!

  • rednekokie

    Yippeeee!

  • M Jackson

    So what kind of damage did this asshole do in his time on The Hill?

    • Ninja0980

      Gorsuch and other far right judges.

  • Randy503

    “I tried so hard to remove health care for millions, but I failed. I really did. (sob). So I realize I am ineffective and will step down so that an Alt-Right Senator can do the job.”

  • Ore Carmi

    So he’s going to do one worthy thing before leaving office? I hope the plan to limit Trump’s nuclear powers works.

  • gothambear

    i wish Tennessee could turn purple but it’s such a red state I doubt a Democrat can retake a statewide office – Nashville is the only blue oasis

  • JCF