Tea party darling and Fox News analyst Angela McGlowan is expected to announce her candidacy to represent Mississippi's First Congressional District this week.
McGlowan aims to wrest the seat away from first-term incumbent Democrat Rep. Travis Childers, a member of the Blue Dog Democrats coalition of House moderates.
McGlowan is expected to draw strong support from tea-party conservatives.
"She's been very public in her support of us, and she's earned her stripes in fighting for the conservative movement," Everett Wilkinson, a member of the leadership council of the national Tea Party Patriots organization, tells Newsmax. "I imagine that both locally and nationally, a lot of tea party members will be coming to her aid."
McGlowan, a conservative activist and author of Bamboozled: How Americans Are Being Exploited by the Lies of the Liberal Agenda, has fired up tea-party crowds around the country. She gave rousing speeches at the 9-12 march on Washington and the National Tea Party Convention held in Nashville, Tenn., last weekend.
McGlowan is one of several prominent African-Americans that tea party activists cite to refute the accusation that the movement lacks racial diversity.
McGlowan's announcement, which Hotline on Call says will come Tuesday, may set up a showdown between tea-party conservatives and the GOP establishment.
Two other Republicans are already scheduled to face off in the June 1 primary for the seat: state Sen. Alan Nunnelee, and Henry Ross, the former mayor of the town of Eupora, Miss.
Nunnelee is part of the National Republican Congressional Committee's "Young Guns," a GOP program that grooms strong candidates to run in select districts.
"We welcome her to the race," NRCC spokesperson Andy Sere told Hotline on Call Tuesday. "Obviously, Sen. Nunnelee has been in there for a while and has turned out to be one of the best candidates for us this cycle. They'll have a primary, and Northern Mississippi voters will decide."
The Hotline predicts McGlowan's candidacy will face serious political hurdles. The state's First Congressional District is in the northern region of the district, while McGlowan has lobbied on behalf of gaming-resort magnate Steve Wynn. The gaming resorts are located along the Gulf Coast to the south, and are not as popular in northern Mississippi.
Nunnelee bills himself as a "true conservative." His campaign raised over $200,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009.
McGlowan, a native of Oxford, Miss., is expected to make campaign stops this week in Corinth, Tupelo, Columbus, and Hernando.
She is the founder and CEO of the D.C.-based public relations and lobbying firm Political Strategies & Insights. From 1999 to 2005, she was director of government affairs and diversity development for Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.
Republicans are expected to portray Rep. Childers as a supporter of policies promoted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama, despite his Blue Dog status.
When Nunnelee declared his candidacy for the GOP nomination in July, he told the Columbus Dispatch that Childers voted the way Pelosi wanted "100 percent of the time."
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