NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and his GOP primary rival Jim Tracy don’t agree on much, but the the two 4th Congressional District candidates both are offering jabbing welcomes to President Barack Obama in advance of the president’s Chattanooga visit today.
Tracy, a state senator from Shelbville, released a video in which the lawmaker sits in a rocking chair and offers a folksy but barbed welcome to the president, saying, “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.”
DesJarlais, Tracy and state Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, are duking it out in the GOP’s 2014 primary.
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, ...