Conservatives looking for primary challenger for Corker: report

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerIt's time for Biden's Cuba GOP lawmaker patience runs thin with Trump tactics Former GOP senator: Republicans cannot let Trump's 'reckless' post-election claims stand MORE (R-Tenn.) may face a conservative primary challenger in 2018, the Washington Examiner reported Monday.

Conservatives in Tennessee are reportedly looking for a strong primary challenger for Corker and are eyeing Mark Green, a state senator and President Trump’s original choice for Army secretary.

Green withdrew from consideration in May amid opposition from Democrats and advocacy groups.


Green stirred controversy over past comments and his voting record as a Tennessee state senator, including his stances on the LGBT community, Muslims, Latinos, birth control, evolution and the Second Amendment.

He said that "transgender is a disease" and agreed with a questioner who said "we need to take a stand on the indoctrination of Islam in our public schools," among other statements.

Green defended himself by saying liberals are twisting his words and attacking him for his religion, and he repeated those complaints in his withdrawal statement.

But many Republicans don't expect Green to run because of his controversial past comments and personal relationship with Corker. 

Corker's campaign, which this month will report $6.6 million in cash on hand for the 2018 midterm elections, said it takes all candidates seriously, according to the Examiner. 

"We will be extremely prepared," Ward Baker, the top Republican strategist handling Corker's reelection, said. "Everyone will be taken seriously."