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NASHVILLE - The U.S. House's No. 2 leader today endorsed Republican 3rd Congressional District hopeful Robin Smith, the Hixson Republican's campaign says.

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., is the fifth major Republican officeholder or organization that has endorsed Mrs. Smith in recent weeks.

"Eric Cantor has been a hero to the conservative cause with his steadfast support of policies that expand freedom and limit the reach of big government," Mrs. Smith said in a news release.

Other GOP candidates are Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble, attorney Chuck Fleischmann, attorney Van Irion, businessman Tommy Crangle and businessman Art Rhodes. Democrat Brenda Short is also running.

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