2/29/16, "Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee endorses Donald Trump," Washington Times, Victor Morton
"The Trump congressional caucus grew again Monday as a Republican House member announced he had voted for the tycoon as president.
In a statement, Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee said he was supporting Donald Trump for president and had already cast his vote early in his state’s “Super Tuesday” primary.
“While there are certainly things that I admire and respect in each of the remaining candidates, I believe Donald Trump is the candidate best poised to make America great again. As such, I was proud to cast my vote for Mr. Trump and look forward to supporting the eventual Republican nominee whomever that might be,” he said.
Three other Capitol Hill Republicans — Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Chris Collins of New York, and Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama — have endorsed Mr. Trump, all within the past week."
2/29/16, "U.S. Rep. DesJarlais casts ballot for Trump during early voting," Knoxville News Sentinel, Michael Collins, Washington
"U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais on Monday became the first member of Tennessee's congressional delegation to say he is supporting Donald Trump for president.
The South Pittsburg Republican said in a statement released by his office that he voted for the New York real estate mogul and reality TV star during early voting.
"Republicans are fortunate in that we have an incredibly strong field of candidates running in the Republican Presidential Primary," DesJarlais said. "While there are certainly things that I admire and respect in each of the remaining candidates, I believe Donald Trump is the candidate best poised to make America great again. As such, I was proud to cast my vote for Mr. Trump."
Voters in Tennessee and a dozen other states will go to the polls on Tuesday to select their choices for the parties' presidential nominees.
More details as they develop online and in Tuesday's News Sentinel."
Rep. Marino "said Trump has “overwhelming support” in his district because “he’s the man for the unprotected...not the protected, not for the Wall Street people, not for the DC insiders, but for the hard-working taxpayers.”"
2/29/16, "Trump nabs endorsement from Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino," Politico, Daniel Lippman
"Marino is the fifth member of Congress to declare support for Trump."
"Rep. Tom Marino, a Republican from the northeastern corner of Pennsylvania, is jumping on the Trump train.
Marino on Monday became the fifth sitting member of Congress to publicly throw his support to Donald Trump, as the Republican front-runner rolls toward Super Tuesday. In an exclusive interview Monday with POLITICO, Marino, a former prosecutor, said Trump has “overwhelming support” in his district because “he’s the man for the unprotected...not the protected, not for the Wall Street people, not for the DC insiders, but for the hard-working taxpayers.”
“Donald Trump is saying what the voters agree on and what the voters are feeling,” Marino said, adding that voters are angry at the political system generally....
Marino contrasted Trump's startling success this primary season with an event several years ago that he said epitomized the disdain Washington elites have for average voters. During debate on a border security bill nearly two years ago, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi allegedly told Marino he was "insignificant."
Marino said he wasn't courted by Trump or anyone else, nor is he looking for anything from Trump. “No one’s courted me," he said. "I’m just a third term congressman from rural Pennsylvania.”
He joins Republican Reps. Duncan Hunter (Calif.) and Chris Collins (N.Y.) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.) in officially endorsing Trump, while Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) declared Monday that he voted for Trump in his state's primary."...
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