State Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to represent the 7th Congressional District in the House of Representatives last week. He was endorsed almost immediately by the Club for Growth for the seat that opened up when the incumbent, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) announced that she is running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat from which Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) is retiring.
In an email to supporters, the Club’s president David McIntosh, a former Congressman from Indiana, said, “Mark Green may be the toughest conservative candidate we’ve ever met. If we can help Mark win his primary, he will go on to be a conservative rock star in Congress.”
The Club for Growth endorsement continued, saying:
“Club for Growth PAC is thrilled to announce support for Mark Green and his campaign for Congress,” stated Club for Growth PAC President David McIntosh.
“Mark has been an outspoken conservative in the Tennessee legislature. He led the fight to oppose Medicaid expansion as well as fought against the Hall Income tax and big government regulations like occupational licenses.
“Mark is an outstanding advocate for economic growth and would bring fiscal sanity with him when he comes to Washington.”
“The Club for Growth’s endorsement is sought by every conservative in the country, and I’m honored to have their support,” Green said in a statement. “My commitment is to go to Washington to stand up and fight for our values–not just hold more committee hearings.”
The Club for Growth is a Washington, DC-based organization founded in 1999 by Harlan Crow, Stephen Moore, Thomas L. “Dusty” Rhodes, and Richard Gilder. Their primary focus is influencing the development and implementation of pro-growth tax policy.
Some of their specific policy goals include:
- reducing income tax rates and repealing the death tax
- replacing the current tax code with a fair/flat tax
- the full repeal of ObamaCare and the end of abusive lawsuits through medical malpractice/tort reform
- reducing the size and scope of the federal government
Green is a medical doctor, West Point graduate, and a career military veteran with a distinguished record of service. He is an outspoken advocate for limited government, secure borders, and fiscal responsibility, and was most recently honored by the Center for Security Policy for his tireless efforts to protect Tennesseans from terrorism.
Earlier in the year, Green considered a run for governor, was nominated to become Secretary of the Army in the Trump administration, then withdrew from consideration. There were subsequently calls from conservative activists in the state for him to consider a U.S. Senate run, but, instead, he launched his Five Stones initiative to support candidates who embrace Christian values.