Tracy announces manager, officials for U.S. House campaign

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

State Sen. Jim Tracy has announced that Mike McCrady, who managed Pat Marsh's successful campaign for the state house last year, will serve as the manager for Tracy's campaign for the Sixth District U.S. House seat.

"Mike has a great strategic mind and is an expert on grassroots campaigning. He was my first choice for the job," said Tracy in a news release. "I saw first-hand, during the Pat Marsh victory, how Mike works and I knew I wanted him on our team."

Tracy, a Republican from Shelbyville, is seeking the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon. Gordon, the longest-serving member of Tennessee's congressional delegation, has announced that he will not seek re-election.

McCrady is a graduate of Lambuth University and holds a degree in political science and criminal justice. According to a news release, he has over a decade of experience in local, state, and federal campaigns in Tennessee and Florida. McCrady he ran the 2008 campaign to elect Lt. Col. Allen West to Florida's 22nd Congressional district before running Marsh's special election campaign for the District 62 state House seat. Marsh won the race by 15 points, becoming the first Republican to represent the seat in decades.

"I had the chance to get to know Sen. Tracy while working on Representative Pat Marsh's campaign," said McCrady in a news release. "I have seen how hard Sen. Tracy is willing to work to fight for conservative principles. He is going to make a great congressman and a champion for taking our government back to the basics."

Earlier this month, Tracy announced that Thomsen Smith and Bryan Kaegi would lead his fund-raising campaign.

"Thomsen and Bryan are two of the best in the business and I am thrilled that we were able to add such experienced and successful specialists to our team," said Tracy.

Smith is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and has worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Bill Frist for US Senate, Lamar Alexander for President, and was also the Finance Director for the TN Republican Party. Thomsen's client list also includes Fred Thompson, Ed Bryant for Congress, Mark Norris for Congress, and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.

Kaegi is a graduate of Marquette University and has been the Finance Director for Senator Lamar Alexander since 2005, former Finance Director for the Tennessee Republican Party, and Finance Director for TN Victory for President Bush in 2000 and 2004, and Finance Director for Steve Gill. Currently Bryan is Regional President of Persuasion Partners and is working with the Bill Haslam for Governor campaign.

According to the Web site Politics1 (, active candidates for the seat currently include six Republicans: Tracy, Dave Evans of Wartrace, former Rutherford County GOP chair Lou Ann Zelenik, State Sen. Diane Black, real estate agent and former psychologist Gary Mann and bicycle shop owner / Tea Party activist Kerry Roberts. The site does not identify any active Democrat or independent candidates for the seat at this time.