Ex-mayor of Kingsport backs Roe for Congress

Hank Hayes • May 27, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Former Kingsport Mayor Jeanette Blazier has kind words for 1st Congressional District GOP challenger Phil Roe in a political ad currently airing on local radio stations and on Roe’s campaign Web site.

In the ad, which sounds like a radio call-in show, Blazier says she’s “excited” about Roe’s candidacy.

“I particularly support the focus of his campaign — people not politics,” Blazier says of Roe in the ad.

Other “callers” in the ad point out that Roe is a military veteran, is pro-life and has kept taxes low during his term as Johnson City mayor.

In contrast, Roe’s August GOP primary opponent, incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. David Davis, has been putting out news releases pointing out his recent accolades.

One e-mailed release said Davis has received the “Best and Brightest of 2007” award from the American Conservative Union during his first term.

“Congressman Davis’ rating of 100 percent for 2007 places him in the ‘conservative star’ category in his first year of service,” Larry Hart, director of Government Affairs for the American Conservative Union, said in the release.

Other awards given to Davis include the “Defender of Economic Freedom” from the Club for Growth, the “Spirit of Enterprise” from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and “True Blue” from the Family Research Council, according to the release.

For more about Roe, go to www.roe4congress.com.

For more about Davis, go to www.rightforcongress.com.

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