Despite being two years away, state Rep. Kevin Brooks confirmed Tuesday he is considering challenging Rep. Scott DesJarlais for the 4th District congressional seat in 2014.
Brooks, who represents portions of Cleveland and Bradley County in House District 24, issued a statement saying he would be exploring his political future over the coming weeks. The representative's district includes areas that were included in the 4th Congressional District this year.
"I have received a number of calls of support and had many conversations encouraging me to run for Congress in the 4th Congressional District," Brooks said, in a statement published by the Nashville Scene. "While I am firmly committed to serving my constituents in the 24th District, I wanted to publicly say that I am exploring what a solutions-based campaign for Congress would look like and how I can best serve the great state of Tennessee."
Brooks is the latest name to be mentioned among possible GOP candidates considering a challenge to the congressman next election cycle. Names floated in recent weeks include state Rep. Joe Carr, state Sen. Jim Tracy, former Cracker Barrel Chief Financial Officer Forrest Shoaf and former 3rd District congressional candidate Weston Wamp.
DesJarlais, who begins his second term in January, has come under scrutiny in recent months after documents from his decade-old divorce showed he engaged in sexual relationships with multiple patients and co-workers and supported two abortions for his ex-wife. The congressman has said that—despite statements from his sworn testimony contradicting remarks made to voters during his campaign—he never purposefully intended to mislead voters.
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