Two veteran lawmakers have joined state Sen. Rusty Crowe’s campaign for Tennessee’s 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Former Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and state Sen. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, will serve as chairman and co-chairman of Crowe’s campaign.
“They’ll be advising me relative to issues, advising me as to the relative parts of the district that they’re familiar with,” Crowe said.
Crowe, a Republican, is running to replace U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., who announced in January that he would not be seeking an additional term in Congress.
“We’ve worked so hard together throughout the years, and I mean through thick and thin,” Crowe said during a press conference Wednesday, flanked by Ramsey and Lundberg.
Crowe said Ramsey and his wife Sindy Ramsey have worked hard to make the Tennessee Senate the most conservative in the nation. He added that the state ranks high in fiscal responsibility, has a AAA bond rating and possesses a solid rainy day fund. He said the last three budgets have been passed with no new debt, which he said is a first in the history of the state.
“We’ve got take those principles and values that we’ve used to make Tennessee the great state that it is today,” Crowe said. “D.C. needs a darn good dose of Tennessee, and that’s what we’re after here.”
Ramsey said he served 24 years with Crowe in Nashville.
“There was no more conservative senator than Rusty Crowe,” he said. “We affectionately called him ‘The Rock’ because he was so solid on those issues that we care about — the Second Amendment, the pro-life issues, the pro-family issues.”
Lundberg said Ramsey and Crowe are two of his mentors, adding that the state wouldn’t have a Republican supermajority without Ramsey and the state would have an income tax without Crowe.
“We can talk … about the conservative principles that you have from the Second Amendment to pro-life across the board,” Lundberg said, “but the intangible thing is, and after working with you very closely for four years, I trust you. I know where your heart is. I know where your soul is. I know integrity.”
Crowe said Ramsey is knowledgeable about the district itself and Lundberg’s background, which includes serving as an anchor for a local TV station, makes him an effective marketing adviser.
“The experience that they both bring to campaign is great and obviously they’ve both been great friends,” Crowe said.