Monday, February 21, 2022

Robby Starbuck House bid from Tennessee a test for candidates Trump shunned

BY DAVID M. DRUCK, Washington Examiner, FEBRUARY 20, 2022 - If Robby Starbuck isaggrieved because former President Donald Trump endorsed his rival in the race for the Republican nomination in Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District, he’s not saying so.

Only when the matter was raised by a reporter did the 32-year-old, first-time candidate concede the least bit of disappointment that Trump backed former State Department official Morgan Ortagus, who, like Starbuck, is a relative newcomer to Nashville.

“Obviously, I wish I would have gotten the endorsement because I think I’ve earned it,” Starbuck told the Washington Examiner in a telephone interview. “I’ve been an unwavering supporter of his agenda.”

So what does Starbuck think happened? Trump, he said, “got bad advice” from his advisers. “He’s human.”

Besides, Starbuck said, loyalty to Trump’s “America First” agenda matters more than personal loyalty to the former president. (link)

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