Lundberg out of 1st District race, Crowe in?

State Sen. Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol) is the latest sitting lawmaker to bow out of the running for the 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Phil Roe (R-Johnson City).

I have been greatly humbled by the visits, phone calls, texts, messages and words of encouragement to run for congress. …

Posted by Jon Lundberg on Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Lundberg’s decision follows an announcement by state House Republican Caucus Chairman Jeremy Faison of Cosby that he won’t run for the seat.

Meanwhile, WJHL-TV reports fellow state Sen. Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) said he is now considering a bid after receiving several calls encouraging him to run.

“I believe I’ve helped improve the state of Tennessee for 30 years, and would be interested in the opportunity to work on the federal level and represent the district,” Crowe said.

Crowe, 72, wouldn’t have to give up his seat in the state Senate to run because his four-year term isn’t up until 2022. Lundberg wouldn’t have had that same luxury, as his seat is up for reelection this year.

The Tennessean reported last week  that former Kingsport Mayor John Clark has announced he will run. Former state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, former House Minority Leader Jason Mumpower, and former Safety Commissioner David Purkey said they won’t make a bid.

12 Responses to Lundberg out of 1st District race, Crowe in?

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Ramsey would be wasting his time. Good choice by him for a change

    • Perry Aubric says:

      He was never interested in it in the first place. Your snarky, cynical and uninformed comment implies that he is not running only because he might not win, but he retired from politics when he was still in a powerful position just because he had had enough of it. Ramsey’s politics are too far right for my taste, but he always impressed me as a fairly decent person, and he certainly is qualified for the job.

      • Phil Lassiter says:

        Perry, your comment means you support politicians that break the law. You may remember he broke the lobbying ban he voted to implement. Also, he was for no new taxes while in office but quickly took a high paying job lobbying for one of the biggest tax increases in TN before he was legally able to. I could go on. You’re a typical liberal-laws don’t matter if the money is right.

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Good! John Lundberg (ACU-85%) is a conservative and in this no-runoff state we want conservatives OUT and “wet” Republicans and No Record Candidates IN so long as when the smoke clears we are left with one solid conservative candidate.

  • Cannoneer2 says:

    Mumpower has one of those “cushy” state government jobs that were mentioned in another thread. I’m sure he wouldn’t leave that behind.

    • David Jenkins says:

      There is too much baggage out therefore Mumpower can’t win. Perry is right. Ramsey retired at the top and he wanted that way. He will still be a player, just not a candidate. Rusty is popular statewide, but I doubt he can win the district. There may yet be another candidate or two to emerge.

  • James White says:

    Glad Lundberg is out, he, too, voted for the constitution destroying Article V Constitutional Convention.

  • Benton Temple says:

    Crowe won’t be able to win. Too old and has a record potmarked with votes that can be a tough hill to climb in a high-spending primary. Don’t see Rusty out there making voter contact calls and knocking doors nonstop. Also doesn’t have a strong history of raising money.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Crowe at 72 is too old, and with an American Conservative Union lifetime score of only 82% we can do better. An improvement over Roe, to be sure, but I’m looking to the General Assembly for someone younger and even more conservative.

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