WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon July 23, 2012
Actress Enters Tennessee Democratic Primary Race
Actress Park Overall said she's always had an interest in politics so she's mounting a bid to be the Democrat who takes the longshot chance at unseating Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker. Overall starred in the popular television series "Empty Nest" in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
“I believe in food stamps, I believe in the poor, I believe in welfare,” said Overall, who starred in the popular television series “Empty Nest” in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
“As you can see, I have no chance of winning this election,” she said with a laugh.
She is one of seven candidates on the Democratic ballot for the August 2 primary. Corker is being challenged by four Republicans in the GOP primary.
None of the nearly dozen challengers comes anywhere close to Corker's fundraising prowess. Only two -- both Republicans -- have raised more than $40,000, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Corker has raised about $11 million and has roughly $7.4 million on hand.