Possible Gordon Challenger Meets with NRCC

Posted December 2, 2009 at 7:22pm

Republican state Sen. Jim Tracy was on Capitol Hill Tuesday and Wednesday meeting with National Republican Congressional Committee officials about a potential challenge to Rep. Bart Gordon (D) in the Volunteer State’s 6th district.

“I’m strongly considering running,” said Tracy on Wednesday evening after his meeting at NRCC headquarters. “I’m very close to making a decision.”

During his visit to Capitol Hill Tracy also met with Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) and NRCC vice chairmen Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) during his visit to Washington.

Tracy is a second-term state Senator who represents a little more than a third of the districts population in the state house. He is a former teacher also owns an insurance business. If he enters the race he’ll face a contested primary that includes former Rutherford County GOP Chairwoman Lou Ann Zelenik.