Grant Starrett for Congress

Grant Starrett has announced that he’s running for Congress in Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District. Last week, I introduced Grant to our readers and explained why I intend to support him.

I’m not alone. Previously, Erick Erikson tweeted that he would support Grant if he enters the race. And today, Ramesh Ponnuru writes:

I’ve met Starrett and was impressed by his intelligence and commitment to conservative causes. But even if he weren’t impressive, he has a low bar to clear given the creep he is trying to replace.

Erickson and Ponnuru: that’s quite a duo.

The “creep” Ramesh refers to is Republican incumbent Scott DesJarlais. A physician, DesJarlais has had affairs with his patients. The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners reprimanded him for this. Moreover, although an outspoken critic of abortion, he pressured one of the patients with whom he had sex to get an abortion and pressured his ex-wife to do the same, according to his divorce trial transcript.

In terms of policy, DesJardlais isn’t a strong conservative, as I documented in my previous post.

It’s early to be asking readers to contribute to 2016 campaigns (although I’m already inundated with requests for money from Republican incumbents). Accordingly, I’ll hold off.

But please do look into this race. It’s important for Republicans not just to defeat Democrats, but to replace scandal-ridden GOP incumbents with strong, dynamic young conservatives.

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