By Jeff Louderback
Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles, who has campaigned as a pro-Donald Trump “America First” conservative and has been the goal of a number of assault advertisements, has received Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District Republican major.
Associated Press referred to as the race at 11:34 p.m. with 80.8 % of the ballots counted. Ogles generated 36.9 % (21,298) of the vote.
The GOP discipline featured 10 candidates, together with Robby Starbuck, who ran as a write-in possibility.
Former Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell completed second with 26 % (14,998) adopted by 22 % (12,709) for former Tennessee National Guard joint employees director Brig. Gen. Kurt Winstead.
Retired small enterprise proprietor Geni Batchelor, West Point graduate and U.S. Army fight veteran Jeff Beierlein, homeschool academy operator Natisha Brooks, former legislative senior coverage and analysis adviser Tres Wittum, actual property skilled Stewart Parks, and medical skilled Timothy Lee have been additionally on the poll.
Cooper Not Seeking Reelection
The GOP is striving to regain management of the U.S. House and the occasion believes that one of many seats it will probably flip is Tennessee’s fifth Congressional District.
Rep. Jim Cooper (D) at present occupies the seat. He has represented the district since 2003 however introduced in February that he wouldn’t search reelection.
“Despite my strength at the polls, I could not stop the General Assembly from dismembering Nashville,” Cooper mentioned in an announcement after the newly drawn 5th district was revealed in January. “No one tried tougher to maintain our metropolis entire.
“I explored every possible way, including lawsuits, to stop the gerrymandering and to win one of the three new congressional districts that now divide Nashville,” he added. “There’s no way, at least for me in this election cycle, but there may be a path for other worthy candidates.”
Democrats have held the fifth District congressional seat since 1875, when Ulysses S. Grant was president. Redistricting cut up Davidson County via downtown Nashville, shifting parts of the previous fifth District to the principally rural and traditionally Republican sixth District and seventh District.
The district is rated as stable Republican by the Cook Political Report, secure Republican by Sabato’s Crystal Ball, and sure Republican by Inside Elections.
The winner of the GOP major will face state Sen. Heidi Campbell, who was unopposed within the Democratic major; and impartial candidates Derrick Brantley, Daniel Cooper, and Rick Shannon, within the Nov. 8 common election.
Ogles joined Beierlein and Wittum at an modern debate coordinated by The Epoch Times and hosted by the Nashville Republican Women, the Nashville Young Republicans, and the Williamson County Young Republicans on July 22.
Instead of a conventional debate format the place a media persona serves as a moderator and dictates the content material, the discussion board featured questions requested by a panel of consultants protecting election integrity, economics, well being care, training, international coverage, and immigration.
Winstead dedicated to seem earlier than canceling. Harwell declined and attended a Washington Chamber of Commerce fundraiser for her marketing campaign.
Negative advertisements flooded the airwaves within the 5th district in latest weeks. Most of the vitriol was directed at Ogles.
Throughout her marketing campaign, Harwell often labeled Ogles as a lobbyist tied to a Washington D.C. particular curiosity group that “smeared” former Trump and linked to a different group that “supports amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.”
An assault advert from Harwell’s marketing campaign says, “Who’s behind lobbyist Andy Ogles’ campaign? A D.C. special interest group that smeared Donald Trump and another shady special interest group that supports amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants. They’re spending big bucks on Ogles, because Ogles will vote for their pro-amnesty agenda. Bought and paid for by never Trumpers and amnesty-loving RINOS who sell out America. Lobbyist Andy Ogles would make the D.C. swamp even worse.”
The spot exhibits a picture of a smiling Ogles subsequent to Sen. Mitt Romney (R–Utah) and Liz Cheney (R–Wyo.).
Outside tremendous PACs have poured round $1.6 million into the 5th district race in latest weeks elevating Ogles and attacking his rivals. FEC filings present that determine is sort of as a lot as Harwell and Winstead mixed.
Ogles has confronted scrutiny for admitting that he has directed donors to tremendous PACs working together with his marketing campaign, which is a violation of federal marketing campaign finance legislation.
Harwell instructed reporters earlier in July that Ogles will “be controlled by the D.C. swamp” if he’s elected.
“He owes everything to them, and I don’t think that’s right for the people of middle Tennessee,” Harwell mentioned.
Conservative Americans PAC funded an advert that mentioned. “You idiot me as soon as, disgrace on you. Fool me twice, disgrace on me.
“Andy Ogles already fooled us. He campaigned towards tax hikes. ‘I don’t like tax hikes, all taxes are evil.’ Then he received elected and backed a tax hike. The identical Andy Ogles whose companies didn’t pay their very own taxes, and the state needed to file liens to gather.
“Now, Andy Ogles is trying to fool us again. Don’t get burned again. Conservative Americans PAC is responsible for the content of this advertisement.”
America First Track Record
Ogles not too long ago instructed a Nashville space radio station mentioned that the advert is inaccurate.
“Look, if I haven’t paid taxes in nine years, I’d be holding a seminar that would be packed,” Ogles mentioned within the interview.
He added, “So you understand, I don’t owe the county, I don’t owe town, I don’t owe the IRS. My spouse doesn’t. We haven’t any enterprise that does.
“We had multiple properties, we had interests in multiple businesses, and OK, something was late. But that being said, we paid. And any interest that may have been due, which I don’t know if there was, was paid.”
Ogles believes that his monitor report as an America First candidate makes him a goal.
“During COVID, I refused to comply with mandates. I did not shut down my community. I kept it open because, from my perspective, every job is essential and every small business is essential,” Ogles mentioned in an Aug. 3 interview with John Fredericks on Real America’s Voice.
“I needed to struggle for my group. We are the quickest rising county in Tennessee and the primary county for job progress in Tennessee, so when OSHA focused our county, I instructed them they must arrest me earlier than forcing a vaccine, they usually backed off.
“I’m polite in my opinions, and I’m for freedom and liberty, and for we the people having the choice, not government and big business,” Ogles added. “That is a threat to the status quo.”