VP guessing game draws some to Fort Worth

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. AP

It’s veep speculation time!

The vice presidential guessing game is in full swing and on the GOP side there’s someone whose name keeps popping up — someone with a Fort Worth connection.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., a conservative firebrand who has been increasingly visible as a Republican spokesperson, is very much in the mix.

And she’s married to Chuck Blackburn, Fort Worth’s own. So, that would make him, potentially, the nation’s “second spouse.”

But the congresswoman downplays her chances.

“I don’t think that is something that will happen to me,” she told the Star-Telegram.

The reason: Tennessee is a GOP state and she thinks the nominee will be looking for someone from a toss-up state to attract voters.

She added, “I appreciate that my name continues to be bandied about by my colleagues and others. I am very appreciative of those kind words and that support.”

As for fashion forward Chuck Blackburn, an entrepreneur and bow tie enthusiast, he’s about to publish another book, “Bow-Tie Bible.”

Fort Worth’s own

Barrett Karr, nee Benge, is Fort Worth born and raised, also educated — a Texas Christian grad who married a classmate.

She found her way to Washington where she worked for. . . U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth and worked her way up and became her very effective chief of staff in the early 2000's.

After a few years in President George W. Bush’s White House and then the private sector, Karr is back at what she loves best — Capitol Hill.

And she’s right there at the top — she just got promoted from deputy chief of staff for policy to deputy chief of staff to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

Maria Recio, 202-383-6103

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Anna Tinsley, 817-390-7610

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