Corker Endorses DesJarlais, Not Fleishman (Cantor backs both)

U.S. Reps. Scott DesJarlais and Chuck Fleischmann secured re-election endorsements Friday from a top Republican in the U.S. House, but only DesJarlais got the nod from Fleischmann’s hometown senator, a former Chattanooga mayor.
From the Chattanooga TFP:
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., spoke to about 35 people at a $500-a-head breakfast fundraiser for DesJarlais at Chattanooga Golf and Country Club.
The event was closed to the press, but during a news conference afterward, both men praised DesJarlais. When reporters asked about Fleischmann, only Cantor spoke conclusively, calling the freshman Chattanooga lawmaker a “principled conservative.”
“He is somebody who is dedicated to trying to do the right thing, to set the moral compass of the nation back on track,” Cantor said.
When a reporter asked Corker if he would support Fleischmann, the senator kept mum.
“I’m basically not involved in the 3rd District race right now and haven’t been,” Corker said. In a brief interview,
Corker said House and Senate votes interrupted plans for him to speak at a Fleischmann fundraising event in Chattanooga last summer.

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