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.