Nashville, TN- Shortly after announcing his candidacy for the US Senate, Rep. Joe Carr received a pair of high profile endorsements from influential Nashville area talk show hosts Ralph Bristol and Michael DelGiorno from 99.7 WTN. The radio station reaches across most of Middle Tennessee, and thousands of Tennesseans regularly tune into the programs.
Addressing Carr in studio, Ralph Bristol explained his endorsement: “The minimum qualifications are somebody who’s already [been] vetted and tested in lower office. You are.”
Bristol elaborated arguing the right candidate needed to be an individual who had a record that serious voters could examine and possessed the intelligence, the work ethic, and the communication skills to “naturally articulate…the logic and the morality of the conservative principles that the tea party holds dear.”
“It has to be a high bar,” Bristol stated. Then he added, “You clear it with ease.” The endorsement from Bristol is also significant because the influential conservative talk show host has never endorsed a candidate for statewide office in Tennessee and rarely endorses candidates at all. The last candidate Bristol endorsed was US Senator Jim Demint from South Carolina, who provided solid conservative leadership in the US Senate and routinely challenged the more moderate establishment GOP leadership during his tenure.
Michael DelGiorno also announced his support and explained his reasoning and enthusiasm behind the decision:
“People have identified a problem in Lamar Alexander.” Until this point, “we could gripe how there’s no solution. Now there’s a man of principle, a man of God, a man of country, a man of the Constitution, a servant leader” in the race.
DelGiorno praised Carr for challenging the incumbent and predicted that conservatives would view Carr very favorably for embracing the task of challenging Alexander. He added that Carr gave voters a choice and that the burden of responsibility for making a change in leadership now fell on Tennesseans.
Rep. Carr, a 1981 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, is a business consultant who helps companies become more energy efficient. Additionally, he and his wife Ginny own and operate Cedar Snag Farms in Lascassas. He was elected to the Tennessee General Assembly in 2008 and currently serves as Chairman of the Local Government subcommittee. He is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, a member of the National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee Right to Life, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and the MTSU Blue Raider Athletic Association. He is also an accomplished private pilot and member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilot Association.
Rep. Carr and Ginny, married for 30 years, have three children: Erin, Joe Jr. and Maddie. Ginny and Joe also have a grandson, Colby. Carr has lived in Rutherford County since he was a young boy and his family roots go back five generations in Rutherford County. Joe, Ginny and Joe Jr. are members of Believers Chapel in Murfreesboro.