07/25/2013 06:48 pm ET

Lamar Alexander Dismisses Tea Party Protesters: 'I Didn't Hear Anything They Said'

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One month removed from his decision to vote for immigration reform, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) does not appear to be fazed by his Tea Party critics.

In an interview with Politico posted Thursday, Alexander dismissed protesters who invaded his fundraiser last weekend, sporting "you betrayed us" signs over the immigration decision.

“I didn’t hear anything they said," Alexander told Politico. “They were a mile away. They were enjoying their First Amendment rights, and I was enjoying playing 'Johnny B. Goode' with Mike Huckabee.”

Alexander was one of 14 GOP senators to vote yes in late June's Senate vote on immigration reform. According to a Wednesday Reuters report, the White House expects Congress to pass a plan, despite resistance from House Republicans toward some elements of the Senate plan.

On Monday, the Chattanooga Times Free Press revealed that several Tea Party challengers could emerge against Alexander in his 2014 primary race. Nashville Tea Party President Ben Cunningham told the paper "there are a number of people who are very seriously considering it." Chattanooga Tea Party President Mark West floated Kevin Kookogey, a former Tennessee county GOP chairman as another possibility in the report.



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