By Michael Davis
Former U.S. Rep. Van Hilleary, R-Tenn., flew into Chattanooga this morning, meeting supporters and touting the credentials he said qualify him to serve Tennessee in the U.S. Senate.
Mr. Hilleary, who served the 4th Congressional District for eight years, spoke at a TACAir facility at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport and blasted what he called the Hollywood left culture.
But Bob Tuke, chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, said Mr. Hilleary, who lost narrowly to Democrat Phil Bredesen in the 2002 gubernatorial election, will fail to get out of the three-man primary against former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker and former U.S. Rep. Ed Bryant, R-Tenn.
Mr. Hillearys Chattanooga visit was part of a statewide fly-around tour today.
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