Massie says win will keep Republican Party in check, suggests Phil Moffett for governor

05/22/2012 11:14 PM

During his victory speech Tuesday night, 4th Congressional Republican nominee Thomas Massie thanked supporters for helping him prove the establishment wrong and gave a particular shout-out to his campaign chairman, Phil Moffett — even suggesting Moffett should run for governor.

Massie said he’s not sure he would have run for the 4th Congressional District race had it not been for the encouragement of Moffett, who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination for governor in 2011.

“We need him for governor or something — whatever he wants to do,” Massie said. (1:30 of speech.)

Massie went on to thank what he called a coalition of support from liberty groups, tea party supporters and grassroots “Ronald Reagan Republicans.”

“It feels so good to realize that I know this many people who are constitutional conservatives that care about our country and care about our liberties and care about the future of this country,” Massie said. “Thank you for helping me take on the establishment. We proved them wrong again.”

Massie said his election and the support of tea party and liberty groups “will keep the Republican Party in check.” (9:30 in the video)

And Massie praised U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, whose retirement opened up the 4th District seat, for his “honorable service,” and specifically for voting against the bank bailout in 2008.

Davis backed one of Massie’s opponents, state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington. And Massie and Davis feuded over Massie’s use of a Davis floor speech in an ad.

Massie now faces Democrat Bill Adkins in the general election. Adkins, a Williamstown lawyer and former Grant County Democratic Party chairman, won the Democratic 4th Congressional District primary Tuesday with about two-thirds of the vote.


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