Representative Jim Cooper has frequently voted against progressive priorities in a mildly competitive Democratic district. President Barack Obama won TN-05 with 55.9% of the vote in 2012. Jim Cooper wishes his district were more conservative to match his Blue Dog priorities, but we wish he’d vote with his district more.
A Few Reasons to Primary:
- In 2013, Rep. Cooper voted against Hurricane Sandy relief, even after lobbying for relief for his own district when it was badly damaged by flooding in 2010
- Heritage Action named him Congress’s most conservative Democrat in 2013
- In 2012, he asked the Tennessee legislature to draw him an even redder district
- He was one of 11 Democrats to vote against President Obama’s economic stimulus bill
- He played a leading role in sabotaging Bill and Hillary Clinton’s health care reform effort in the 90’s