U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and state Sen. Jim Tracey, who is opposing DesJarlais in next year’s Republican primary, have joined in the GOP Obama critiques tied to today’s presidential visit to Chattanooga, reports Andy Sher.
Tracy in a video: “We conservatives in Tennessee just have to thank you. Your left-wing polices have created such a backlash we now have control over the Tennessee General Assembly and our congressional delegation.
“And it’s been good for the people of Tennessee,” Tracy says. “You see, we do things differently down here. While you’ve been in Washington racking up our national debt of over $16 trillion, here in Tennessee we have the lowest debt ratio in the nation. There’s a lot you can learn from us.”
DesJarlais’ office issued a release in which the congressman says the president “could certainly learn a thing or two about creating jobs from Tennessee. Thanks to our state’s low taxes, right-to-work policies and pro-jobs regulatory framework, Tennessee is leading the country in innovation and opportunity.
“Unfortunately,” DesJarlais added, “President Obama’s approach of bigger government, more spending and higher taxes has created a situation where the federal government is actually hurting economic growth across our state.”
Note: The split personality of the Chattanooga Times-Free Press editorial boards is on display over the Obama visit.
Headline on the Times editorial today: Welcome, Mr. President:
GOP ads, obstructionism
Headline on the Free Press editorial today: Take your jobs plan
and shove it, Mr. President