Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) endorsed State Sen. Mark Green (R-Clarksville) for the Republican nomination in the 7th Congressional District race to replace Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07), the Green campaign said in a statement released on Monday.
“I’m proud to endorse State Sen. Mark Green for Congress, and am confident his business and military experience, coupled with his conservative core convictions, will equip him to quickly become a highly effective member,” Cruz said in the statement.
“I know I can count on Mark to consistently promote job growth, expand freedom, and preserve security for the citizens of Tennessee and every American,” Cruz added.
Cruz ran for the 2016 Republican nomination for president, but finished in second place behind nominee Donald Trump. Though he ultimately endorsed Trump, Cruz made waves when he failed to endorse him initially at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
“As one of our country’s most principled and courageous conservative leaders, Senator Cruz has led the fight to make D.C. listen to the American people. From leading the fight to repeal Obamacare to standing up for the Constitution, Ted Cruz has inspired millions of Americans, and I look forward to joining him in the fight in Washington,” Green said in the statement.
Green faces songwriter Lee Thomas Miller in the August 2018 Republican primary.
Blackburn announced in October that she is running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN).
President Trump nominated Green to serve as Secretary of the Army earlier this year, but Green withdrew his candidacy in light of fierce opposition from left wing special interest groups.