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TN-4: State Sen. Jim Tracy Primarying DesJarlais

by: shamlet

Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 13:40:18 PM EST

We have our first house candidate, and our first contested primary, of 2014. State Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) lost to Diane Black by less than 1000 votes in the 2010 TN-6 Primary, and he's back for another try in a new seat. This time he's taking on congressman, soon-to-be-former physician, serial philaderer, abortion advocate, and all-around creep, Scott DesJarlais, in the Republican primary.

“I am a conservative in word and deed. I have lived my life both personally and professionally in a way that is consistent with my core conservative values,” he said. “I promise that I will never embarrass you with my personal conduct or compromise on my conservative principles.”

Tracy is certain to be a top-tier challenger in what looks to be a crowded primary field. It will be a real test of TNGOP organizational strength to try and whittle the field, which may also include State Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas, Cracker Barrel Exec Forrest Shoaf, and a host of others, down before the primary. Unlike most Southern states, TN has no runoff, so it's important to pick one candidate here to avoid DesJarlais slipping through with a plurality. On paper Tracy would seem to be a good candidate to unite behind. The seat should be a Safe R district based on DesJarlais's win this year in the face of scandal, but Democrats may try again with ex-State Sen. and 2012 nominee Eric Stewart of Winchester.

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Called it weeks ago
Tracy is almost definitely our best bet to take down Desjarlais. He's popular in his senate district and with a lot of party insiders. His old district included Bedford County (his home), Moore County, and a big chunk of Rutherford County. His new district, which just reelected him, has Bedford, Moore, Lincoln County, Marshall County, and a different chunk of Rutherford (east instead of west). All of those areas are in the new TN-04. He's not a shoo-in, but he should further split the Rutherford County vote.

22, Male, Conservative Republican, TN-08 (home), VA-01 (college)

I hate the clown car primary
I would think every state would either have the primary run-off, or open primary like California and Washington.

Do state's shy away from the primary run-off because its an additional cost to run another election?

28, IL-7, Fiscal Conservative

A lot of times it works just fine
problem is when it fails it fails spectacularly. The good news is that the TNGOP can see this coming from 20 months away... If nobody stronger comes along, they should probably just unite around Tracy and do whatever the heck they can to force everyone else out.

R - MD-7

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The party can offer Tracy's Senate seat to someone
Beyond that and assorted Haslam administration gigs, the pickings are pretty slim and good old fashioned arm-twisting might be in order. They should start, of course, with DesJarlais, since if he can be forced out you no longer have to worry about the primary field.

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I can't imagine a scenario where a lobbying firm hires him or where he ever will allowed to practice medicine again (and even if he's allowed to keep his license for some reason, who's going to go to him for treatment) so why would he step down? The only situation I can imagine where he willfully steps down is one where the state party finds out some even more devastating(!) and potentially incriminating news that it could release and resigning is DesJarlais' only way of staying out of legal trouble.

From IL-09, familial roots in MI-14, college in PA-02/07, and working for the summer in DC-AL.

Andy Hill for WA-Governor!

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We could offer him an all-expense paid trip to La Grange, Tex.

R - MD-7

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Maybe he can be given part ownership of that shack outside of town.

From IL-09, familial roots in MI-14, college in PA-02/07, and working for the summer in DC-AL.

Andy Hill for WA-Governor!

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The latter is what I assumed
There's a ton of smoke and there is probably even more fire than we've heard about.

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Jim Tracy & TNGOP
Looks like Tennessee Republican leaders are already coming together in support of Jim Tracy.  

"Tracy announced his Leadership Team, a list of backers that includes Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; state Sens. Todd Gardenhire, Steve Dickerson, Mark Green, Joey Hensley, Jack Johnson and Bill Ketron; state Reps. Pat Marsh, Mike Sparks and Bill Spivey; and former Tennessee Gov. Winfield Dunn."

Link to article.

Scott Walker 2016

Tennessean Video
LINK to the Tennessean Article with the video of Sen. Tracy's announcement.

Scott Walker 2016

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This seems serious.

26, Male, R, NY-10

Scott Walker for President!

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nice to see
Hopefully some time in the next 12 months the current congressman will decide he wants to "spend more time with family" and retire.

43 Male Republican, Maryland Heights, MO Pattonville School District, Maryland Heights Fire District (MO-2). Previously lived in both Memphis and Nashville.

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Somehow I don't see that line working for him nt

24, Conservatarian Republican CA-12
Liberals dream things that never were and ask why not.  Conservatives shout back "Because it won't work"

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This guy needs to be fired.  

MI-08 - Chairman - Livingston County Republican Party Since 2013 - Opinions are my own and not that of LCRP.  

Nathan Bedford Forrest Shoaf
Really? Dude is named after the founder of the KKK?

Well . . .
He's famous for a lot more than just being a prominent early Klansman.  He's easily one of the most important military minds the US has ever produced (basically inventing the foundations of Blitzkrieg 80 years before WWII), and is generally well-regarded in Tennessee to this day.  The fact that he dissolved the official KKK (though many similar organizations continued to exist without him) and generally endorsed racial reconciliation at the end of reconstruction also took some of the bite out of his legacy

Its sort of like how Birth of A Nation was a monumental landmark in film history, despite being Pro-KKK propaganda.

24, Conservatarian Republican CA-12
Liberals dream things that never were and ask why not.  Conservatives shout back "Because it won't work"

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