Fortune magazine has an immensely readable and colorful profile of Tennessee’s junior senator online now here.
Among the more memorable revelations about Sen. Bob Corker:
At a meeting between senators and President Obama earlier this year, Corker was fuming. Obama had invited himself to a GOP luncheon days after Wall Street reforms passed “over near-unanimous Republican opposition – a move Corker saw as phony, at best.”
Corker arguably had gone out on a limb to resurrect negotiations over the bill by jumping into the fray after the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee had apparently reached an impasse with his Democratic counterpart. Corker apparently thought the White House decided such efforts didn’t matter.
“I just want to know, when you get up in the morning and come over here for a lunch meeting like this, how do you reconcile that duplicity?” Corker asked Obama, according to the Fortune piece.
After that meeting, Richard Shelby, the Senate Finance Committee’s ranking Republican, told his 5-foot-7 colleague from Tennessee: “You’re a mean little (expletive), aren’t you.”