Corker criticized for working with Democrats

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker insists his willingness to work with Democrats doesn’t make him a moderate, but ardent conservatives think otherwise.

According to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/170uxlc ), Corker recently came under fire throughout an eight-stop swing through Middle Tennessee during the congressional recess earlier this month.

During one stop, Corker sparred with a Nashville lawyer over the senator’s plan to shut down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the nation’s main backers of home mortgages.

President Barack Obama endorsed the proposal he developed with a Democratic senator to replace the mortgage giants.

If anything, Corker describes himself as a “pragmatic thought leader” who went to Washington to focus on business matters.