Nashville Post: Pro-Trump former judge files to run for Black’s seat

A former judge and president of Lions Club International has filed paperwork to run for the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by Diane Black.

Bob Corlew of Mount Juliet promises on a campaign website to support President Donald Trump, “build the wall” and “restore the rule of law.”

Corlew was president last year of Lions Club International, a service organization with members in more than 200 countries. He was also a general sessions and chancery court judge for 30 years until his retirement in 2014, according to a campaign biography.

Corlew’s campaign treasurer is listed as Bradley Crate, who served as chief financial officer for Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign for president. According to Politico, Crate also served as treasurer for two joint fundraising committees supporting Trump’s 2016 campaign.

In the Republican primary, Corlew will face former Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner John Rose and state Rep. Judd Matheny, among others.

“Under President Trump things are turning around, but President Trump needs folks who will work with him, not against him,” Corlew says on his campaign site. “It used to be that if you played by the rules and worked hard, you would be able to get your slice of the American Dream. But sadly, politicians in both parties have weakened America by making our country less safe, less secure, and less American.”