In a press release responding to the announcement of rivalry renewal by Weston Wamp, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann’s spokesperson provided a few factoids related to the congressman’s recent activities:
Chuck was re-elected in 2012 to serve the people of Tennessee’s Third District – and in the last year he has done that. Whether it has been the 264 events, meetings, and town halls he held and attended, the 242,872 responses, calls, and letters he sent to constituents throughout East Tennessee, his consistent fight against Obamacare, or his 100% pro-life voting record, Chuck has kept his word and served his constituents. He will continue to do the job he was elected to do and is confident the voters will see that.”
Weston Wamp, an entrepreneur and son of former Congressman Zach Wamp, today announced that he will again try to unseat U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann in the GOP primary for the Third District.
Wamp ran for the seat in 2012, but fell short of the votes needed in a three-way primary race that included dairy mogul Scottie Mayfield.
Democrat Angelia Stinnett also picked up papers to run.
The primary elections are on Aug. 7, and the general election is Nov. 4.
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Taking on all of the Republicans who voted for the compromise seems like a tall order. Almost all of the yes votes belong to very safe incumbents; but that doesn’t mean some won’t try. (And, for the record, they should, if so inclined.)
Bonus theory: The votes by U.S. Reps. Chuck Fleischmann and Scott DesJarlais, though opposite each other, can be fully explained within the context of the 2014 election. What do you think?
Ever since the 2010 Republican primary in Tennessee’s Third Congressional District, a contentious cloud has hovered after a staffer for one candidate sued the campaign manager of another. Now it appears that at least one corner of that cloud has lifted.
Mark Winslow alleged in a lawsuit that Chip Saltsman, a former state party chair who at the time was campaign manager for Chuck Fleischmann, had illegitimately obtained confidential documents related to Winslow’s employment at the party when his candidate boss, Robin Smith, was the party boss.
The documents were used in a campaign ad that attacked Smith.
Later, Winslow added the Tennessee Republican Party to the suit. That component of the legal battle has, according to the statement below, been resolved; but there is no indication at this time that the suit against Saltsman and Fleischmann has been dropped or otherwise affected.
Here’s the press release:
NASHVILLE, Tenn.–Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney released the following statement regarding a lawsuit that was filed against the Party:
“The Tennessee Republican Party has reached an agreement with Mark Winslow to resolve the issues raised in his lawsuit against the Party. Upon my election as Chairman in 2009 I decided to hire a staff of my own choosing. Because Mark had an employment agreement through the end of the year we negotiated a severance agreement that included a confidentiality clause. Documents from his confidential personnel file later became public and were used in political advertising. Mark contends that these documents were misused and neither I nor the Party would have or did authorize their release. Mark has been a loyal Republican and a valued member of the State Executive Committee. I am pleased we have reached an amicable resolution of this unfortunate matter and look forward to Mark’s continuing good work for the Party and our principles. I encourage all of my fellow Republicans to join me in putting this episode behind us.”
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann’s office did not immediately return a request for a response.