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Chamber of Commerce endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson for Congress

Chamber of Commerce endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson for Congress
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has announced its support for former White House physician Ronny Jackson's bid for a House seat.

Jackson, a Republican, is a former physician to Presidents Trump and Obama and a retired Navy rear admiral. He is running for retiring Rep. Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryGovernors urge negotiators to include top priorities in final defense policy bill Overnight Defense: Armed Services chairman unsold on slashing defense budget | Democratic Senate report details 'damage, chaos' of Trump foreign policy | Administration approves .8B Taiwan arms sales Chamber of Commerce endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson for Congress MORE's open seat in Texas.

“As our nation faces many challenges and is collectively working to not just reopen our economy but return to growth and expanded opportunities for all Americans, we need leaders like Ronny Jackson. He has a proven track record of standing up for good policies,” Chamber CEO Thomas Donohue said in a statement on Thursday.

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Jackson faces Democratic candidate Gus Trujillo and Libertarian Jack Westbrook in the race to replace Thornberry. The Cook Political Report deems the open seat “Solid Republican.”

Trump tapped Jackson to be secretary of Veterans Affairs in 2018, but the White House withdrew his nomination over allegations that he overprescribed pills and would repeatedly be drunk while on duty.

The doctor recently made headlines for defending the White House’s coronavirus-related protocols in a "Fox & Friends" interview, following Trump’s positive COVID-19 test.