published Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn among most conservative

by Chris Carroll

WASHINGTON — Up for re-election last year, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann campaigned as “a proven conservative.”

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais pushed his “conservative approach to solving our country’s problems.”

And U.S. Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. made news this week when he said he may oppose an anti-domestic violence bill because of its price tag.

But the only Tennessee Republican to crack a widely-read rundown of the Top 25 House conservatives?

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of the Nashville suburbs.

For the last 30 years, the Washington-based National Journal has annually named the most liberal and conservative in Congress, announcing the Top 25 before ranking all members. Short lists emerged Tuesday, and Blackburn captured the No. 3 spot in the House.

Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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