Tracy kicks off campaign to take on DesJarlais

photo State senator Jim Tracy speaks in this file photo.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Charging that U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., has "betrayed and deceived" 4th Congressional District voters about his past, fellow Republican Jim Tracy on Wednesday formally launched his campaign to unseat the embattled Jasper physician in the August 2014 GOP primary.

"I promise that I will never embarrass you with my personal conduct or compromise on my conservative principles," Tracy, a state senator from Shelbyville, told supporters in announcing his bid. "I'm a conservative in word and deed. I'm 100 percent pro-life."

The 56-year-old insurance agency owner and one-time college basketball referee told some 80 to 100 supporters gathered at a Murfreesboro pharmacy that "America's problems are too great to have our leaders preoccupied with their own personal scandals."