Friday, August 1, 2014

Wait ... Diane Black Just Endorsed Jim Tracy?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Action Andy Sher has a fascinating bit of news in the Times-Free Press this morning. 6th district congresswoman Diane Black has not only come out publicly for Jim Tracy, she's attending a fundraiser for the state senator trying to unseat 4th district congressman Scott Desjarlais

Both Black's and Tracy's offices Thursday confirmed Black will attend an Aug. 5 fundraiser for Tracy in Sumner County, which is in Black's 6th District.

"Congressman Black and Senator Tracy have been friends since they served together in the General Assembly," Black spokesman Tom Flanagin said via email Thursday. "He asked her to be his special guest at a fundraiser and she agreed."

Asked if that meant Black is supporting Tracy in the Aug. 7 primary, Flanagin replied, "Yes."

Tracy said in his own statement that "Diane and I came in to the Tennessee State Senate together as part of the group that flipped the Senate to a Republican Majority."

This type of Representative-on-Representative violence is rarely seen. It's no surprise that Black wants Desjarlais, generally considered an embarrassment to the GOP no matter his conservative voting record, out of Congress. But to endorse his rival, who she beat four years ago in a very messy primary, is pretty surprising.

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