Starrett personally loans his own campaign another $200,000 in race against DesJarlais

Starrett personally loans his own campaign another $200,000 in race against DesJarlais

July 29th, 2016 by Andy Sher in Politics State
Grant Starrett says he intends to challenge U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the GOP primary next year.

Grant Starrett says he intends to challenge U.S....

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NASHVILLE - Challenger Grant Starrett this week personally loaned his campaign another $200,000 this week as his 4th Congressional District Republican primary with U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., heads into its final stretch.

The $200,001.10 loan, made Tuesday and reported to the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, brings the total amount of personal loans the wealthy 28-year-old attorney has made to his nearly two-year effort now to $876,562.10. 

Combined with $23,400 Starrett gave his campaign last year as an in-kind contribution, his total personal stake in the contest now at nearly $900,000 or $899,962.10 to be precise.

It accounts for over half of the $1.69 million he's taken in.

DesJarlais has bashed Starrett repeatedly, charging he is an opportunistic "trust fund millionaire" seeking to "buy" a Tennessee congressional seat. Starrett, meanwhile, has charged the three-term congressman has "betrayed" the largely rural district's residents on a number of votes.