6th Congressional District

Rose names former Rep. Hilleary as chief of staff

Former U.S. Rep. Van Hilleary (R-Spring City), left, was named chief of staff for Rep.-elect John Rose (R-Cookeville), right. (Image credit: Rose’s office)

U.S. Rep.-elect John Rose (R-Cookeville) has chosen former Rep. Van Hilleary as chief of staff.

Hilleary (R-Spring City) represented the 4th Congressional District from 1994 to 2002. He vacated his seat to run for governor in 2002, but fell short to Democrat Phil Bredesen in that race. He came in third in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in 2006, a race won by former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker.  Hilleary has since worked as a lobbyist in Washington.

“Having an experienced person like Van Hilleary agree to serve as my chief of staff will greatly benefit me and my constituents from day one,” Rose said in a release. “He will bring the Washington know-how to our team, but is not a Washington insider. He is my friend and I could not be more proud to have him on board.”

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Rose ad hits back at ‘Swampy Bob Corlew’

Former Agriculture Commissioner John Rose’s congressional campaign is hitting back at Republican rival Bob Corlew, saying he was called a “dedicated Democrat” when he ran for judge and tried to give himself a 775% pay raise as a member of the Murfreesboro City Council in the 1980s.

“Swampy Bob Corlew cannot change Washington, he’s part of the problem,” the narrator says. “Part of the swamp.”

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Corlew ad picks up on opponent-as-child theme

Former Murfreesboro Judge Bob Corlew’s latest TV ad in the Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District portrays his opponent John Rose as a child.

It’s a theme we’ve seen before this election season in an ad run by House Speaker Beth Harwell against her Republican rivals in the governor’s race. Who did it better?


GOP Rep. Rohrabacher campaigns for Matheny

State Rep. Judd Matheny hasn’t been been able to keep pace with his Republican rivals for the 6th Congressional District nomination so far, but he’s been getting some high-profile endorsements from members of the House Freedom Caucus, including founder Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and now Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.).

Matheny faces John Rose, a former state agriculture commissioner, and Bob Corlew, a former judge, in the Republican contest to succeed Rep. Diane Black, who is running for governor.

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Bob Corlew endorsed by TN Right to Life in 6th Congressional District GOP primary

Press release from Bob Corlew campaign

Mount Juliet, TN – Today, the Tennessee Right to Life PAC announced its endorsement of Bob Corlew, the conservative Republican for Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District.

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Corlew puts $1.3M into 6th Congressional District campaign, topping Rose’s $1M

Bob Corlew reports loaning $1.3 million to his campaign for the Republican nomination in the 6th Congressional District in his initial disclosure report to the Federal Election Commission.

That put him slightly ahead of John Rose in cash on hand as of March 31. Rose had loaned his campaign $500,000 and added another $500,000 loan in the new report for a $1 million self-financing total. Both men are dramatically ahead, at least financially speaking, of state Rep. Judd Matheny of Tullahoma. Corlew contends that Matheny’s campaign is actually in debt.

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Rose takes big money lead over Matheny in 6th Congressional District GOP primary

Former state agriculture commissioner John Rose has a huge campaign financing lead over state Rep. Judd Matheny in the 7th Congressional District Republican primary, according to new reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Rose reports a cash-on-hand balance of $693,704 versus Matheny’s balance of $34,701.

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In 6th Congressional District, Rose takes big money lead over Matheny with $250K loan and Haslam help

Former state Agriculture Commissioner Charles Rose has loaned his campaign for the 6th Congressional District Republican nomination $250,000, giving him a strong financial advantage over state Rep. Judd Matheny in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Diane Black, according to disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission this week.

The reports show Rose, who owns a farm and runs a small business in DeKalb County, raised $292,450 in contributions and, with the $250,000 loan, his campaign had $542,450 in receipts. He reported $74,421 in expenditures, leaving a cash-on-hand balance of $468,038 on Oct. 1.

Matheny reported $166,544 in donations to his campaign and $62,458 in expenditures, leaving a cash balance of $104,086. He reported no loans.

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Former Cruz campaign manager hired by Matheny for congressional campaign

State Rep. Judd Matheny has hired John Drogin, a Texas-based political consultant who managed U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s successful campaign in 2012, for his 6th Congressional District campaign, according to Tennessee Star.

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John Rose announces run for 6th Congressional District seat

News release from John Rose campaign

John Rose of Temperance Hall announced Thursday he will be seeking the Republican nomination for Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Rose is a small business owner and farmer who was raised in Cookeville and has spent his life in the 6th district. In fact, he is the eighth generation in his family to own and operate the family farm in DeKalb and Smith Counties.

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