Republicans meet candidate for 4th District

Friday, February 21, 2014

By Karen Hall


Members of Marshall County's Republican Party had a surprise visitor to their meeting this week.

The scheduled visitor was local attorney Rob Dalton who spoke about his bid to win the job of Public Defender for the 17th Judicial District.

When chairman Stacey Cothran asked if there was any new business, a man who had asked several questions introduced himself as John Anderson, a teacher from Bell Buckle. Anderson is running for the seat in Congress currently occupied by Scott DesJarlais.

"I have deep seated conservative principals," Anderson said. "I'm your guy if you believe the United States of America is in grave danger."

Dalton complemented him on his honesty, even if this might mean losing votes, and Anderson said, "Honesty, that is what we need.

"If elected," he continued. "I will fight to eliminate the NSA and construct a new intelligence agency. I will also eliminate the IRS."

Anderson said if he were sent to Washington, he pledged to stay there working for his constituents for 240 days out of the year. For this reason, he said, he knew he wouldn't be re-elected, because he wouldn't be spending any time campaigning.

"Two years of me up there will get you four years of work," he promised. "I'm a libertarian conservative. Everyone running in the 4th District is a conservative, but I'm the extremist.

"If you vote for me, you will send a message: people are feeling a little revolutionary," Anderson concluded.

The Republicans' meeting started with chairman Scottie Poarch saying, "It's that time of year again. It's going to be a great year; I hope a lot of Republicans are elected. I will resign as your chairman, because I am going to run for county mayor.

"It's been an honor to be your chairman," Poarch continued. "It's been a fantastic experience and an absolute blessing."

Replacing him in the top spot is former vice chairman Cothran.

"I've been coming to Republican meetings since I was a little girl and came with my grandparents," she said, as she took over the meeting.

Plans for the annual Presidents Day dinner have been finalized, announced Janet Heckle. It will be held on Friday, April 25, at the Lewisburg Recreation Center, with guest speaker Ralph Bristol, a popular, Nashville-based talk-radio host. Tickets are now on sale, and Wayne Coomes has already committed to selling 60 by himself.