published Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Smith criticizes president’s response to oil spill in Gulf

by Larry Henry

by Dan Whisenhunt

Hixson resident Robin Smith, a GOP candidate in the crowded field vying for Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District seat, said in a recent Twitter posting that President Barack Obama’s response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been “fumbling and incompetent.”

“We don’t need more lectures from podiums,” she wrote. “Get out front on this or get out of the way.”

Eleven Republicans, four Democrats and six independents are seeking the seat held by U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., who is running for governor.

Winners in the Aug. 5 primary election will square off in the Nov. 2 general election.

Fleischmann faults decision on troops

Republican 3rd District Candidate Chuck Fleisch-mann, a Chattanooga attorney, criticized President Obama’s decision to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

“This action being taken by the president is not enough, and he is insulting our intelligence by thinking he can use this as a bargaining chip when he later introduces what he will call ‘comprehensive immigration reform,’ but is in reality amnesty,” Mr. Fleischmann said in a news release.

veterans group backs kernea

The campaign of Republican 3rd District contender Rick Kernea, a former Air Force captain, announced he has received the endorsement of Vets Helping Vets, described in a news release as a network of military veterans.

“VHV believes that fellow veterans can best understand and assist their comrades who have difficulties and challenges after completion of their military service,” founder David Apperson said in the news release.

about Dan Whisenhunt...

Dan Whisenhunt covers Hamilton County government for the Times Free Press. A native of Mobile, Ala., Dan earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Alabama. He won first place for best in-depth news coverage in the 2010 Alabama Press Association contest; the FOI-First Amendment Award in the 2007 Alabama Press Association contest; first place for best public service story in the Alabama AP Managing Editors contest in 2009 for economic coverage; and ...

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frayne48 said...

Robin is no doubt an idiot and undeserving of any votes.

Obama, like him or not has some of the best minds advising him on this situation. Politicians are great on Monday morning QBing but rarely have the intestinal fortitude to actually lead by example, instead they criticize from the sidelines in the hopes of getting votes.

May 31, 2010 at 5:07 p.m.
dshinn said...

Van Irion served our country in the Air Force. Check him out at or at where you can learn more about him including his recent win on a poll for the congressional race against Robin, Chuck and the others in this race. In fact his 51% was more than Robin, Chuck and Gobble combined! Check it out if you don't believe it.

June 9, 2010 at 10:35 p.m.
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