Morgan Ortagus announces Trump-backed run for Congress in Tennessee

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, accompanied by State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus, speaks at a news conference at at the State Department in Washington,DC on June 10, 2020. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged a probe Wednesday into complaints that foreign news crews covering the street protests against racism and police brutality were mistreated. Australia, for instance, is investigating a US police attack on two Australian television journalists outside the White House last week."I know there have been concerns from some countries of their reporters having been treated inappropriately," Pompeo told a news conference.

The Republican candidate pool for Tennessee’s new 5th Congressional District grew larger on Monday, with former State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus officially announcing her candidacy following an unexpected endorsement from former President Donald Trump

Ortagus leaned on Trump’s endorsement on Monday, noting her time spent at the State Department under his administration.

“As a U.S. Navy Reserve Officer, I am answering the call to service, and I will never back down from fighting for my country and the good people of Tennessee to stand for American greatness,” Ortagus said. “I’m grateful to have President Trump’s support, and I look forward to earning your vote and standing with you to protect our conservative values.”

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The Fox News national security commentator is a Florida native and recent Nashville transplant. She worked in both the Obama and George W. Bush administrations, serving as spokesperson with the U.S. Agency for International Development before moving to the Treasury Department as an intelligence analyst. 

Former State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus announced she will run for Tennessee's new 5th Congressional District following an endorsement from former President Donald Trump.

She joined Rubicon Founders, a health care investment firm based in Nashville, in early 2021, though a Rubicon phone number listed under her name was not active last month and the company has not returned request for comment. 

Ortagus does not have strong name recognition in Tennessee, where Trump’s endorsement in January took some by surprise. But the former president’s endorsement will give her an advantage in the primary in a Republican-heavy district. 

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