Kookogey Backs Out of Senate Run

Kevin Kookogey announced today that he will not challenge Sen. Lamar Alexander for a Senate seat next August, scrapping three months of preparation for a campaign. According to the Tennessean, the former Williamson County Republican Party chairman hopes to avoid “infighting” among tea party activists, who already have one candidate running against the incumbent senator. “What became apparent to me was that there was going to be divided loyalties,” Kookogey said. “Both sides appeared to have their supporters, and it didn’t appear they were going to yield to each other.”