U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., says the 2014 elections could be a turning point for the county, and he hopes to be on the winning side.
DesJarlais addressed the Hamilton County Pachyderm Club Monday during its weekly lunch. Taking questions from the crowd of just under 30 members, the South Pittsburg doctor denounced the Affordable Care Act, so-called Obamacare, and lamented expected changes to the latest version of the federal farm bill, which is currently in Senate committee.
"It's sad to think that we have to wait until 2014 or 2016 before anything can turn around, but that might be what we have to do," he said.
DesJarlais represents District 4, which includes Bedford, Bledsoe, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, Moore, Rhea, Rutherford, Sequatchie, Van Buren and Warren counties.
At least two Republicans have announced plans to unseat DesJarlais. State Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, and John Anderson, a teacher from Bell Buckle, have announced their candidacy.
DesJarlais said he expects to put up a good fight for the Republican nomination.
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