Sen. Jim Tracy Eyes Run for 4th Congressional District in 2014

State Sem. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, has begun laying the groundwork for a 2014 campaign in the 4th Congressional District, regardless of whether incumbent Republican Scott DesJarlais or Democratic challenger Eric Stewart wins this year’s contest.
Andy Sher reports that political operatives and Republican legislators say Tracy has met with donors about a bid and will make a decision after the Nov. 6 election.
Tracy said Friday he’s focused on “getting to know the folks in my new district and working on my re-election and helping other Republicans and Mitt Romney get elected.”
He said the questions about DesJarlais “are serious allegations and I have some concerns about it.”
DesJarlais, first elected in 2010, has acknowledged he encouraged the woman in 2000 to get an abortion. But he says he knew the woman wasn’t pregnant and he was simply trying to get her to acknowledge it. He said the relationship occurred when he and his then-wife were in divorce proceedings and had agreed they could see other people.
Prominent Republican officeholders ranging from Gov. Bill Haslam to U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga have distanced themselves from DesJarlais but publicly have held their tongues.
“People are going to hold their nose and push a button one more time for DesJarlais. They don’t want [House Democrat Nancy] Pelosi to be speaker,” a senior Republican said. “But he’s going to have major primary competition” in 2014.
In 2010, before redistricting, Tracy, ran for Congress from the 6th District, coming in third in a race with Murfreesboro businesswoman Lou Ann Zelenik and state Sen. Diane Black. Black won.
GOP-controlled redistricting reshaped the 4th District with the addition of part of Bradley County and all of Rhea, Meigs and Rutherford counties plus Tracy’s home county of Bedford.
This year, legislative Republicans thought state Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron, of Murfreesboro, would challenge DesJarlais in this year’s primary. But the confrontation never materialized.

One thought on “Sen. Jim Tracy Eyes Run for 4th Congressional District in 2014

  1. Donna Locke

    Jim Tracy is a go-along-get-along puppet of the business lobby and has few to no convictions that aren’t made up and written for him (and that he won’t change to match the prevailing winds). My observation of him on some issues.

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