published Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

McCormick backs Smith in 3rd District


by Dan Whisenhunt

NASHVILLE — He once considered running for Congress himself, but Monday, state Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, became the first local lawmaker publicly to declare his support of Robin Smith in her 3rd Congressional District bid.

“There has been no more consistent and steadfast friend to Hamilton County Republicans and Republicans across Tennessee than Robin Smith,” Rep. McCormick, state House Republicans’ assistant leader, said in a Smith campaign news release.

“Whether it has been standing up to the income tax, or fighting for the values that make us strong, Robin has been there for us and, in 2010, I encourage the voters of the Third District to be there for her.”

Devol backs Irion

Independent candidate Mark DeVol has endorsed attorney Van Irion in the Republican primary for the 3rd District congressional seat.

Mr. DeVol said Mr. Irion is “the Republican to vote for” in the primary, according to a news release from Mr. Irion’s campaign.

The race is for the seat long held by U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., who is leaving to run for governor.

Mr. DeVol said he would withdraw from the race if Mr. Irion wins the primary. If he does not win, Mr. DeVol said he would continue to run as an independent.

“Van Irion has indicated he will be a limited constitutional candidate,” Mr. DeVol said, adding that he does not trust the Republican or the Democratic Party.

The primary is Aug. 5.

The other Republican candidates are former state GOP Chairwoman Robin Smith, Chattanooga attorney Chuck Fleischmann, businessman Art Rhodes, Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble, businessman Tommy Crangle, educator/consultant Jean Howard-Hill and Rick Kernea, a former Air Force captain, among others.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

about Dan Whisenhunt...

Dan Whisenhunt covers Hamilton County government for the Times Free Press. A native of Mobile, Ala., Dan earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Alabama. He won first place for best in-depth news coverage in the 2010 Alabama Press Association contest; the FOI-First Amendment Award in the 2007 Alabama Press Association contest; first place for best public service story in the Alabama AP Managing Editors contest in 2009 for economic coverage; and ...

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Representative McCormick surprised me that as an elected state official he would endorse anyone in a contested Republican primary, but mostly he disappointed me. Shows poor political judgment on his part. I worry that once again we will get the government that we deserve. One based on who supports who, what political alliances are forged, and backroom deals. Not one based on what is best for us, the issues at hand, and led by elected officials who are genuinely concerned for the people. I urge the voters of this district to get informed on the candidates based on your own research and not what someone else has to tell you.

April 6, 2010 at 7:52 a.m.
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