Even though the 2024 congressional election isn’t top of mind, former President Trump endorsed U.S. Rep. Andy Ogles for re-election last week.
- Just a few days earlier, Ogles announced he is backing Trump for president.
State of play: Ogles did not attend a dinner with several members of Tennessee’s congressional delegation last month when Trump was in Nashville for a fundraising event.
- Following that dinner, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Sen. Bill Hagerty and Rep. John Rose unveiled their Trump endorsements in a matter of days.
Of note: Ogles’ freshman campaign in the House is off to an inauspicious start after reporting by NewsChannel 5 uncovered inaccuracies in his resume.
- After Republicans divided Nashville into three districts in 2022, Ogles flipped a seat that his predecessor Rep. Jim Cooper held since 2002 and Democrats claimed since the Civil War.
What he’s saying: Trump called Ogles a “fantastic” representative.
- “Andy is working hard to Grow the Economy, Stop Inflation, Secure our Southern Border, Uphold the Rule of Law, and Defend our Second Amendment,” Trump said in a post on Truth Social.
Flashback: In the early days of the bruising District 5 Republican primary in 2022, Trump backed businessperson Morgan Ortagus, a Nashville newcomer who was a State Department aide during his administration.
- Ortagus was later removed from the ballot by the state Republican Party because she hadn’t lived in the district long enough.