There's been a lot of talk about who could and will fill Bob Corker's Seat in the U.S. Senate, the name of even a former National Football League and UT Vols athlete has come up.
"Last week I was going to run a team, this week I going to apparently run for Senate, and next week I'll be an astronaut", Manning said in March at a business conference. Lamar Alexander's seat, but the former Heisman runner-up has not said he will run for office despite making an appearance at a notable Republican event.
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"We have not had any political discussions with Peyton Manning", Scott Golden, the Tennessee Republican Party chairman, told USA Today.
Tennessee's political world has been turned upside down thanks to the dramatic, but not all that surprising announcement from Senator Bob Corker that he will not seek a third term. During Corker's first campaign in 2006, Manning gave Corker $2,100 in both the primary and general elections.
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Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a representative from Tennessee's fourth district, spoke highly of Manning, but told Business Insider a Senate run for Sen.
"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", Corker said in a Tuesday statement. "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 continued. Is it likely? I don't know.
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