Sen. Tracey Faces Complaint, Receives Endorsement

A Shelbyville resident filed a formal complaint against State Sen. Jim Tracy, alleging he broke Tennessee campaign laws and reporting procedures by holding a pancake breakfast for constituents in Murfreesboro shortly before he launched his bid for Congress last December. According to the Tennessean, state filings show that Jim Tracy for State Senate spent more than $40,000 on the event, billed as an opportunity to meet the Shelbyville Republican and make donations to Toys for Tots. The complaint was filed with the state’s Registry of Election Finance on Nov. 27 and will be taken up at a meeting in January.

A day earlier Tracy had received a big endorsement from the Citizens United Political Victory Fund in his GOP challenge to Fourth Congressional District Congressman Scott DesJarlais. The conservative group formerly supported DesJarlais but said in a statement that it “can no longer do so because he does not share our conservative values." The Chattanooga Times Free Press has more.