A political analyst and longtime Republican leader says he's encouraged that retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker could be replaced by a solid conservative.
"Corker is an establishment Republican," observes Tom Pauken, who formerly oversaw the Texas Republican Party and frequently comments on politics to OneNewsNow.
Referring to a string of critical tweets from President Donald Trump aimed at Corker, Pauken says he's not always comfortable with Trump's use of Twitter.
"But nonetheless," he adds, "I think Corker was not a reliable ally in the Senate. And it's encouraging that Marsha Blackburn is going to run and that Corker is going to retire."
On Sunday, Trump and Corker engaged in back-and-forth bashing on the social media platform, continuing a feud that started in August when Corker criticized Trump's remarks after the violence in Charlottesville, Va, that killed a woman.
Pauken say he's also encouraged that Gov. Bob Haslam, a moderate Republican, is not seeking the seat.
"I think that he saw it was going to be a tough race and decided to get out of it," Pauken observes. "So I'm encouraged by the sort of guerrilla warfare that is taking place."