Geoff Davis says he'll back Massie as nominee, is concerned about 'outside' group's influence

05/22/2012 09:56 PM

Republican U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis said he will support Thomas Massie as the 4th District GOP nominee but stopped short of a rousing endorsement of Massie and lamented the effect of outside Super PACs in the race.

Davis told Pure Politics during a phone interview that he wasn’t sure whether he could have won his primary races early on if one of his opponents had been backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ads form an outside group. The Liberty for All Super PAC, founded by Texas college student John Ramsey, spent more than $542,000 on TV ads and tens of thousands of dollars more on radio and mailings on Massie’s behalf.

“A few wealthy people, in effect, purchased enough TV to overcome what would have otherwise would have been a fairly straight-forward race,” said Davis, who endorsed state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington in the seven-candidate primary. “I believe one of the other candidates would have won this race outright.”

Massie won the nomination to replace Davis with 45 percent of the vote with Webb-Edgington coming in second with less than 29 percent. Davis said he will “support the Republican nominee in every race in the 4th congressional district.”

Davis also responded to a question about what kind of congressman Massie would be (4:30 of the video). Watch the full Election Night interview:


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