Tennessee's Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander are very conservative members of the Senate. It would almost seem like an automatic slam dunk that they would be happy to march into the Senate chamber and vote against any gay rights bill.
Except for a few facts that suggest that they may be less opposed to ENDA than one might think.
I say they're worth a call.
Fun facts and contact info after the jump.
Here's some facts to make you wonder whether the Tennessee Senators might be open to understanding that job equality sells well in today's new political climate.
1. People who have called their offices to ask about their position on ENDA tell me that the response was not an unequivocal no, only that they are "undecided."
2. Both of them abstained from the voting on the hate crimes bill. I'm not sure why, but this may be a sign that they recognize that discrimination isn't pretty to the Tennessee electorate.
3. Corker won the last election by a very slim majority, and it's another sign that Tennessee Democrats are on the rise.
4. While Tennessee's electoral votes went for John McCain in the Presidential election, with 1.4 million votes cast for him, there were also over a million votes cast for Obama. At that time, according to USA Today, 24% of the Tennessee population was under 18. A whole new crop of young voters will be coming onto the rolls, and younger people generally are more favorable to LGBT rights.
What do we have to lose by making a phone call? Nothing. Call and ask them to support S.1584.
Senator Bob Corker - 615-279-8125 (Click here for email)
Senator Lamar Alexander - 615-736-5129 (Click here for email)
Here's what's happening with the Tennessee House delegation (click here for contact info):
Confirmed yes votes
Jim Cooper - co-sponsor
Steve Cohen - co-sponsor
Leaning no, but not confirmed
David P. Roe - voted no on hate crimes
Probable no votes
John J. Duncan Jr. - voted against ENDA in 2007
Zach Wamp - voted against ENDA in 2007
Lincoln Davis - voted against ENDA in 2007
Bart Gordon - voted against ENDA in 2007
Marsha Blackburn - voted against ENDA in 2007
John S. Tanner - voted against ENDA in 2007