Song­writer joins GOP race for Congress

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OBITUARIES -

BRENT­WOOD, Tenn. — Song­writer Lee Thomas Miller an­nounced Tues­day he is join­ing the race for the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion to suc­ceed Rep. Mar­sha Black­burn in Congress.

Miller has writ­ten songs for Trace Ad­kins, Brad Pais­ley, Ge­orge Strait, Jamey John­son and Chris Sta­ple­ton. The three-time Grammy nom­i­nee is the son of a Ken­tucky to­bacco farmer and a small town li­brar­ian who lives in Brent­wood with his wife Jana and four chil­dren.

“I’ve been writ­ing the sto­ries of real Amer­i­cans for as long as I can re­mem­ber,” Miller said in a re­lease. “I give a voice to those who can­not find the words they are look­ing for. I give a voice to those who are not be­ing heard.”

Black­burn is giv­ing up her

House seat rep­re­sent­ing subur­ban Nashville to run for the U.S. Se­nate.

Miller’s cam­paign an­nounce­ment de­scribes him as “a leader in the cul­ture wars,” cit­ing his in­volve­ment in a group called Pray­ing Par­ents that clashed with the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union over prayer at their chil­dren’s el­e­men­tary school.

State Sen. Mark Green of Ash­land City is the only other Repub­li­can so far to file to run in the 7th District. Green ear­lier this year with­drew as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s nom­i­nee for Army sec­re­tary amid bi­par­ti­san op­po­si­tion. The for­mer Army doc­tor dropped out of the gov­er­nor’s race be­fore de­cid­ing to run for Congress af­ter Black­burn’s Se­nate an­nounce­ment.

Green’s cam­paign said it is “ready for the fight” in the pri­mary.

“Ten­nesseans want a war­rior who un­der­stands the dy­nam­ics of our econ­omy, the grav­ity of the threats fac­ing the world, some­one who has cre­ated jobs, taken care of pa­tients, de­ployed to com­bat and fought for con­ser­va­tive val­ues,” Green said in a state­ment.

Green crit­ics have been quick to point out the sen­a­tor has de­clined to say whether he still sup­ports Alabama Repub­li­can Roy Moore’s can­di­dacy for the U.S. Se­nate fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct with teenagers. Green’s cam­paign did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

Miller’s ap­pear­ance on lib­eral co­me­dian Sarah Sil­ver­man’s new Hulu show ear­lier this month also raised eye­brows among some con­ser­va­tives.

Miller joined Sil­ver­man on “I Love You, Amer­ica,” to help her write and per­form a coun­try song at Nashville’s Blue­bird Cafe.

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