Tracy said he raised $181,721 during the three-month period with Desjarlais reporting $113,249. Tracy reported having $767,000 in the bank as of Sept. 30 while the congressman, a South Pittsburg physician, said he had $171,000.
Shane Reeves, Tracy’s campaign finance chairman, said the fundraising figures “continue to show momentum.” More importantly, he noted, the more than 1,200 individual donors show rising support for Tracy across the district.
Welcome messages from various and sundry.
Jim Tracy with a video.
Scott DesJarlais has a statement:
“The Obama administration could certainly learn a thing or two about creating jobs from Tennessee. Thanks to our state’s low taxes, right-to-work policies and pro-jobs regulatory framework, Tennessee is leading the country in innovation and opportunity.
“Unfortunately, President Obama’s approach of bigger government, more spending and higher taxes has created a situation where the federal government is actually hurting economic growth across our state.
“For example, businesses in my district are forced to navigate a seemingly impossible maze of bureaucratic red tape that the Small Business Administration estimates will cost them an average of $10,500 a year per employee. But rather than give businesses a break from this overregulation, the president has doubled down on this misguided approach by proposing even more regulatory hurdles.
“Further, the president’s inability to live within a budget has not only led to nearly $17 trillion in debt, it has caused a great deal of uncertainty that has led to businesses keeping capital on the sidelines. Business owners know that today’s debt will need to be paid with tomorrow’s tax increases.
“However, one of the greatest challenges businesses face is the president’s health care law, which is going to absolutely devastate small businesses by imposing a myriad of new taxes, penalties and mandates. In fact, we are already seeing business owners cut down on the number of employees in order to avoid paying fines imposed by the law.
“While I certainly hope the president enjoys his time in our great state, I would suggest that rather than come here to give a speech on his plan to create jobs, he should listen to the hardworking folks who are actually creating them. They would tell him that the path to economic recovery can only be paved by empowering local businesses – not politicians in Washington.”
Also, Diane Black:
“True to form, President Obama’s prescription for an ailing economy is yet another speech. Unfortunately, while the President’s speech in Chattanooga today will be soon forgotten, his failing economic policies will be hurting American families for some time to come.
“For example, the President’s health care law is a complete disaster, leading employers to slash workers’ hours or give up hiring all-together. With 11.8 million Americans looking for work, this Administration continues to sneer in the face of commonsense and overwhelming public support by blocking the Keystone XL pipeline project that would create as many as 20,000 jobs. And with Tennesseans and Americans across the country struggling to stay afloat in the Obama economy, the President is pursuing a red tape regulatory agenda that will lead to skyrocketing energy prices for our nation’s businesses and consumers.
“The facts speak for themselves: since President Obama was elected, two Americans have gone on food stamps for every one that has found work. This is unacceptable and why the President needs to park Air Force One and start working with Congress to pursue policies that will help rather than hurt the American people.”
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a D.C.-based ethical watchdog group, has filed a complaint with the Tennessee Department of Health against U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (pictured).
DesJarlais was the subject last week of a HuffingtonPost.com piece regarding his relationship with a female patient. Steven Hale and The City Paper has the story here.