Attorney Grant Starrett is running against next year in Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District’s GOP primary. His opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, slept with patients and co-workers and encouraged one to get an abortion. While grace and forgiveness are important, this is not someone we want in the Republican party.
Meanwhile, Starrett describes himself as a Christian and “constitutional conservative.” The kind of thing conservatives desperately need in the house.
Another cool thing about Starrett, he is 27 years
old young. Part of our job here at YoungCons is obviously to help highlight the young people in the conservative movement who can actually make a difference in this country and fight against the progressive agenda.
“I’m running for Congress because the country I love is endangered by the people in power,” said Starrett. “America is hurting because of the actions and inactions of those who control the federal government, chief among them President Obama.”
Starrett brilliantly states, the country faces “three crises: a moral crisis, an economic crisis, and a constitutional crisis.”
Starrett is currently the vice president and special counsel at Lion Real Estate Group. Last year he graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School and served president of Tennesseans for Judicial Accountability which he says fought to restore “constitutional order” to Tennessee’s judicial selection process.
He additionally once worked at the Senate Steering Committee under the great Sen. Jim DeMint, so you know he’s legit.
Our friends at Power Line have some great things to add as well:
Scandal aside, DesJarlais isn’t a strong conservative. His lifetime ratings from Heritage Action, FreedomWorks, Club for Growth, Citizens Against Government Waste, and National Taxpayers Union range from 76 percent to 79 percent.
DesJarlais voted against the most aggressive budget-cutting bills in the House, namely the Republican Study Committee budgets in 2011 and 2013. He voted against cutting funding for the DOE loan program that funded Solyndra. He has supported “crony capitalism” legislation on a number of occasions.
In 2014, DesJarlais survived a primary challenge by only 38 votes. Considering his scandals, this result is a quite a tribute to his resiliency. But he clearly remains vulnerable to challenge.
Like Erick, I hope that Grant challenges DesJarlais. If he does, I’ll be asking readers to support him.
[Grant] is also solid on national defense and security issues; we have had many long conversations about it. . . .He would be a welcome addition to the Hill at a time when the world is increasingly dangerous but too many members still do not understand the importance of a strong defense to handle and deter rising threats.
The current fight for a better defense budget is only the latest example of how we need people who follow both fiscal conservative AND strong national security principles.