by Gregg Juster
The third district in Tennessee typifies what’s happening in America today. An open seat that will go to the Republican winner of the primary August 5, it is the Republican establishment vs. the liberty groups like RLC and the Tea Party.
Ten candidates are vying for the seat that Zach Wamp help for 16 years, but only three candidates have a chance:
1) Robin Smith. Former head of the TN Republican party and Zach Wamp acolyte, she is the choice of the Republican establishment. She will be just like Zach — good on many issues until the Constitution gets in the way. Zach Wamp voted for TARP. Robin will be more of the same.
2) Chuck Fleischmann. The choice of establishment Republicans that don’t like Robin. Better than Robin, but I don’t know if he is strong enough to fight off orders from above and would be a Republican puppet. Both Robin and Chuck are very well funded.
3) Van Irion. Endorsed by the RLC, and the favorite of 95% of Tea Party members in the 3rd district. Has one rule book, the Constitution. Van is a true believer in the 2nd Amendment with a carry permit. (View this clip.)
Van Irion has acted on his beliefs by filing a federal lawsuit against the Constitutionality of the recently passed Health Care bill. You can join in as a plaintiff at http://www.obamacareclassaction.com.
Van (pictured below) has been endorsed by Congressman Ron Paul. His goal in getting to Washington is to leave with less power by giving it back to the people and the states. For more information go to www.van4congress.org.
Gregg Juster is Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Tennessee.