Tuesday, November 27, 2012

State Rep. Kevin Brooks 'Exploring' Congressional Run to Challenge DesJarlais

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Republican state Rep. Kevin Brooks says he's "exploring" a bid for the congressional seat currently held by embattled Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais.

Brooks currently represents District 24 in east Tennessee, and was re-elected at yesterday's House Republican Caucus meeting to his post as Assistant Majority Leader.

"At the same time,” Brooks says, in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. “I have received a number of calls of support and had many conversations encouraging me to run for Congress in the Fourth congressional district. While I am firmly committed to serving my constituents in the 24th District, I wanted to publicly say that I am exploring what a solutions-based campaign for Congress would look like and how I can best serve the great State of Tennessee."

Although DesJarlais managed to survive damaging revelations about the end of his first marriage to win re-election, Republican insiders have marked him as the sure target of a primary challenge in 2014.

Brooks' full statement is after the jump:

"This week has been an incredibly humbling one for me and my family. Yesterday, we received a resounding vote of confidence from my colleagues to continue in my role as the Assistant Majority Leader for the entire Tennessee House of Representatives. I look forward to working with my peers to develop common-sense, conservative initiatives to continue to make Tennessee a better place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Rep. Brooks.

“At the same time,” Brooks continued, “I have received a number of calls of support and had many conversations encouraging me to run for Congress in the Fourth congressional district. While I am firmly committed to serving my constituents in the 24th District, I wanted to publicly say that I am exploring what a solutions-based campaign for Congress would look like and how I can best serve the great State of Tennessee."

"Given that, I plan to spend the next few weeks praying about the path forward with my family and talking with friends, neighbors and fellow Tennesseans about the future."

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