Former White House physician Ronny Jackson to run for Congress

Former White House physician Ronny Jackson to run for Congress
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Former White House physician and retired Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson will run for a seat in the House of Representatives in Texas, formally filing papers just hours before a state deadline.
 
Jackson will run as a Republican for the seat held by retiring Rep. Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryBottom line Overnight Defense: US to pull 11,900 troops from Germany | Troop shuffle to cost 'several billion' dollars | Lawmakers pan drawdown plan | Trump says he hasn't discussed alleged bounties with Putin Lawmakers torch Trump plan to pull 11,900 troops from Germany MORE (R), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee. The rural Texas Panhandle district is heavily Republican; President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE scored almost 80 percent of the vote there in 2016.
 
Jackson, who has never run for public office before, will face almost a dozen other Republicans who have already entered the race.
 
The Texas Tribune first reported Jackson’s decision to formally file. He had been rumored to be interested in the seat for about a month.
 
Jackson retired from the Navy just days ago after 24 years. He spent more than a decade as a top physician to Presidents George W. Bush, Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaUS blocking private charter flights to Cuba Biden, Harris to address Democratic convention from Chase Center in Delaware Kamala Harris is now under the protection of Secret Service: report MORE and Donald Trump — including five years as the top White House physician — before Trump nominated him to become the secretary of Veterans Affairs.
 
Jackson’s nomination stalled over concerns about his handling of the White House office.
 
Trump later appointed him as the president’s chief medical adviser, a newly created position.
 
The Navy’s Inspector General is still investigating allegations that he improperly handled prescription drugs during his White House years. Former Navy Secretary Richard Spencer approved of Jackson’s request to retire.