Corker Doesn't Look For Manning To Fill His Seat

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It doesn't look like Peyton Manning is sticking to sports. Bob Corker's retirement announcement Tuesday, retired National Football League quarterback Peyton Manning's name quickly entered the conversation. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., told Business Insider he thought Manning was "a great guy and a popular guy" who could have interest in representing the state in Congress.

Tennessee Republican operatives said as of March, they weren't aware of Manning doing anything to formally set up a campaign to run for Senate. Lamar Alexander's seat in 2020 if he chooses to retire as well.

Manning did speak at the congressional Republican leaders' winter retreat in Philadelphia in January so he has that in his background, but as of yet Manning has not alluded to the fact that he will run for a senate seat. Bob Corker will retire at the end of his term, immediate speculation began about who might run to replace him.

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Since Alexander is up for re-election in 2020, Desjarlais asserted that Manning may want to run.

Manning, whose NFL QB career will lead to the Hall of Fame, is the subject of chatter on the political front. "And all that was on my face when I pushed him up", said Jamie Ann Naughright, who made a sex harassment claim against him with the University of Tennesseee at the time but never pressed charges.

"I don't know where that came from. 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.

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