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National Journal: What Marsha Blackburn Brings to the Tennessee Senate Race
The Republican congresswoman is touting her conservative record in the House as she runs statewide.
"Tennessee has a long history of sending moderate and consensus-minded Republicans to the Senate. Rep. Marsha Blackburn could usher in a new era.
As she campaigns to replace Sen. Bob Corker, Blackburn stands out for the unabashedly conservative brand she has built over eight terms in the House. Blackburn readily places herself in a different mold than either of Tennessee’s senators and is betting that the state’s electorate has shifted decidedly rightward.
'My voting record shows that I’m more conservative than them,' Blackburn told National Journal in an interview at the National Republican Campaign Committee headquarters. 'And Tennesseans want to have a conservative in the U.S. Senate.'
Her first foray into the spotlight came after her 1998 election to the state legislature, where she led the fight against a proposed state income tax. Throughout her tenure in Congress, Blackburn has gained prominence as one of House Republicans’ most high-profile women.
She made her mark on the Energy and Commerce Committee, chairing the Communications and Technology Subcommittee. She is also known for helming a House investigation into Planned Parenthood, and last year she earned a prime-time speaking slot at the Republican National Convention.
'Marsha has a tremendous national following, and I know the president thinks extremely highly of her,' said Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee, who has not endorsed in the primary.
Former Republican Rep. Mary Bono of California, who worked closely with Blackburn on the Energy and Commerce Committee, described her as “always prepared,” while adding that she can be fierce.
'She can probably handle more of a workload than almost anybody I’ve seen in Congress,' Bono said.
At this stage, Blackburn is far better known, as a recent Vanderbilt University poll confirmed. And an internal poll from the Blackburn campaign conducted days before she entered the race in early October showed that the congresswoman led Fincher even in the western Tennessee district he represented, 39 to 35 percent..."