August 02, 2002

Jim Cooper Is Good People

The likelihood that Tennessee's Jim Cooper will be returning to the Congress makes me very happy. Back during the 1993-1994 health care debate, he was a very smart and constructive influence--if Bill Clinton had been smart enough to put someone like Cooper in charge of developing the health care reform plan, I would have been willing to bet heavily on success. It's a shame he lost his 1994 Senate race. - Printer-Friendly Version

Former U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper won a resounding victory in the 5th Congressional District Democratic primary last night, garnering almost half of the vote with most precincts reporting.His top two opponents -- John Arriola and Gayle Ray -- had conceded before Cooper's 8:30 p.m. victory speech. Cooper is expected to be the next U.S. representative from the heavily Democratic district that includes most of Davidson County and portions of Cheatham and Wilson counties. He thanked voters in those three counties for support.

Cooper, 48, has been the presumed front-runner for much of the race and far outspent his opponents with television ads that started early in the campaign. He spent more than $1 million, with Ray spending about $650,000 and Arriola spending about $400,000. He had touted his experience in Congress as the quality that separated him from the five other Democratic candidates.

Cooper spent 12 years representing the 4th Congressional District from Shelbyville before losing a U.S. Senate bid to Thompson in 1994. He moved to Nashville in 1995 to become an investment banker. ''We have a great victory here tonight, thanks to you,'' Cooper said. ''It's humbling to have that support. We have a lot of work to do in Washington to make government work for our people, to get a prescription drug benefit that helps all our folks, to make medicine affordable in America.''...

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