The Virginia-based Gun Owners of America (GOA) on Thursday endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Manny Sethi.
Sethi and Bill Hagerty are competing against one another to replace the retiring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) in a Republican primary. State officials have scheduled the election for August 6.
“I’m honored to be endorsed by Gun Owners of America, who are staunch defenders of our Second Amendment rights,” Sethi said in an emailed press release.
“As your next Senator, I believe any law or government action that inhibits any law-abiding citizen from owning or carrying guns in any way is unconstitutional, and I will fight to defend our rights. Our Second Amendment rights ensure the protection of all other Constitutional rights.”
Members founded the GOA in 1975 to preserve and defend gun owners’ Second Amendment rights, according to the organization’s Facebook page.
As The Tennessee Star reported last week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) endorsed Sethi.
“Primaries are a time for choosing. Too many times the Washington swamp tries to trick voters into choosing their preferred candidate. We need conservative fighters in the U.S. Senate that will stand up for our values and that is why I’m endorsing Dr. Manny Sethi for United States Senate. Dr. Manny is a pro-life doctor who will fight to finally repeal Obamacare, defend the Second Amendment, and help get our economy moving again,” Cruz said at the time.
“There’s a reason the Establishment’s throwing everything they’ve got at Dr. Manny these final days—he’s winning. I am urging Tennessee conservatives to stand up to the attacks, join me, and stand with Manny Sethi.”
As also reported, conservative radio and television personality Mark Levin endorsed Sethi.
“I have kids who live in Tennessee, I have grandkids who live in Nashville. If I lived there, I would be voting for him. That’s the bottom line,” Levin said.
“I like that he’s a citizen, a serious doctor, he’s a conservative, and he’s not tied to Romney. Tennessee needs him in the Senate. His opponent is tied so closely to Romney, that if he gets into the Senate, you know damn well what will happen.”
Also as The Star reported, former U.S. Sen Jim DeMint (R-SC) endorsed Sethi. DeMint, known for his work in the Tea Party, is a University of Tennessee graduate and founder of the Senate Conservatives Fund.
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Manny Sethi” by Manny Sethi. Background Photo “Gun Owners of America Endorsement” by Gun Owners of America.