published Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Wamp charges Haslam, McWherter are “running on their daddies’ fumes”

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Predicting he will win Thursday’s GOP gubernatorial primary, Republican Zach Wamp today hammered away at GOP rival Bill Haslam, charging both Haslam and likely Democratic nominee Mike McWherter are the political equivalent of daddies’ boys.

“There’s not much difference between Mike McWherter and Bill Haslam. That’s a fact,” Wamp, a Chattanooga congressman, told cheering supporters during a stop at the City Cafe in Brentwood. “Both of them are really running on their daddies’ fumes. They wouldn’t even be in this game if it weren’t for their fathers.”

Knoxville Mayor Haslam is the son of Jim Haslam, founder of Pilot Corp., one of the nation’s largest privately held businesses, and a major GOP donor for decades. McWherter, a businessman, is the son of former Gov. Ned McWherter, a Democrat.

Haslam spokesman David Smith said of Wamp’s assertions that “we have an election tomorrow, and that’s not worth a response.”

Shelby White, a McWherter spokesman, noted “many things are said in the heat of battle, especially on the eve of an election. Two things are for sure: Mike McWherter is strongly opposed to a state income tax, and he will be in the race after tomorrow. We look forward to learning who our opponent will be in the general election.”

Wamp said both candidates are “liberal to moderate on the issues. Both of their families have supported a state income tax in the past. We can’t tolerate a state income tax in this state. I don’t care how bad the economy is. I don’t care how bad the revenues are for the state.”

The elder McWherter unsuccessfully pushed a state income tax in 1991 and 1992. Haslam’s father was part of a group promoting “tax reform” from 1999 to 2002 as then-Gov. Don Sundquist pushed a state income tax.

Haslam repeatedly has said he opposes a state income tax. The latest public poll in the contest, conducted two weeks ago, showed Haslam with 36 percent support and Wamp and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey with 25 percent and 20 percent support, respectively.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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notlittletommy said...

This is getting ridiculous. Why wasn't Zach this vocal against Obama and his regime? And why does this paper see fit to print every time he wants to cry. Give it up Zach.....ONE...MORE...DAY. Then you and I can sit and enjoy a bowl of ice know,like they do when they head off to the sunset. Geez.

August 4, 2010 at 4:38 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Zacky Wampster is giving Haslam the knock out blow.

August 4, 2010 at 4:42 p.m.
mkelley said...

I think it's a last ditch effort. He's being negative and not even outlining what he's going to do. He's now behind by how many double digits? He'll be Chattanooga's next mayor.

August 4, 2010 at 5:38 p.m.
harrystatel said...

The art of talking much, saying little, and prevarication has reached an all-time low with Zach Wamp. Now the ethically-challenged bandit is on a tirade about the amount of money Haslam has spent in the Republican primary to be governor.

Do I like Haslam? No. But Zach, here's one big difference between you and Haslam.

Haslam is spending his own money.

Wamp, for 16 years you've been spending my money like a drunk in a liquor store.

Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany, Joseph Goebbels, had your number long before you were conceived.

". . .follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous."

Though Goebbels was speaking about the English, it could just as well be you and all the other petty tyrants in government.

So Zach, did you study history or does it just come natural for you?


August 4, 2010 at 5:51 p.m.
alohaboy said...

Zack! Wamp! made the Comedy Channel last night. Maybe that is a potential job site.

August 4, 2010 at 10:14 p.m.
Oz said...

Predicting he will win Thursday’s GOP gubernatorial primary...Wamp has been sniffing fumes. His campaign has run out of gas.

I still can't believe I voted for this guy so many times. Against Obama... he has been as quiet as a church mouse. Corker and Alexander have not been much better either.

August 4, 2010 at 11:32 p.m.

"They wouldn’t even be in this game if it weren’t for their fathers.”

This is not a "game" Zach, it's a responsiblity that impacts our lives. You represent the "worst of breed" among career politicians and in case you have not yet noticed, we the people are tired of career politicians.

FOR THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE. No, it's not a game Zach.

August 5, 2010 at 7:34 a.m.
seadub2 said...

I don't believe Zach wants to be the next governor of Tennessee to lead this state; I believe he wants to use the office as a stepping-stone to something bigger, maybe a run for the White House. He alluded to that end in his television ad by saying he wants to return the United States to its Judea-Christian heritage, and it can start here in Tennessee. "That's why I want to be your governor." Also his televised claim that he alone is to thank for bringing Volkswagen to Chattanooga is just not true. He’s ambitious, but I believe his ambition is not aimed in the right direction; it’s more towards Zach and less towards the people of Tennessee.

August 5, 2010 at 8:59 a.m.
queeni said...

Wamp has just become pathetic, I'm ashamed I voted for him his last 3 terms. He's just become a bitter hack.

August 5, 2010 at 11:01 a.m.
moonpie said...

Zach is running on his own fumes. He also may be sniffing fumes.

Either way, his political career is about to be exhausted, for now.

August 5, 2010 at 11:20 a.m.
FM_33 said...

ZACH YOUR ASS LOST ! wanna know why......because you're got a job in Brazil and they wont you to run for some office down there.

How do i know ?

Because my Intell is very good !

August 10, 2010 at 4:12 p.m.
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