published Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Groups plan Chuck Fleischmann protest in Chattanooga

by Chris Carroll
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    Chattanooga Organized for Action has used this poster to promote today's protest against U.S. Rep Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

U.S. Rep. Charles J. Fleischmann might regret his nickname today.

Two nonprofit organizations are staging "The Trial of Chucky," playing off the legendary "Child's Play" movie villain of the same name and "charging" the Republican congressman with "murdering jobs, impersonating the working class and endangering the economy."

Demonstrators from Chattanooga Organized for Action and the Service Employees International Union said they'll gather this morning outside the Chattanooga Convention Center, where Fleischmann is expected to attend the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting featuring a speech by Gov. Bill Haslam.

A poster promoting the event shows a Photoshopped, red-wigged, "Chucky"-styled Fleischmann wielding a giant pair of scissors over a crank-and-spring apparatus entitled "TN JOBS."

Jordan Powell, the congressman's press secretary, said his boss "knows that this comes with the job."

"It is hard to think of an elected official that has not been protested at some point," Powell said.

Chris Brooks, executive director of Chattanooga Organized for Action, the advocacy group behind the effort to recall Mayor Ron Littlefield, said the "Chucky" poster represents a counterweight to Fleischmann's "Chuck On The Job" initiative.

Fleischmann has pumped gas, worked a hotel desk and pressure-washed a bridge in an effort to "hear what issues are most affecting" small business owners, the congressman has said.

"Chuck Fleischmann has gone around Tennessee and choreographed photo opportunities trying to endear himself to a public image that we don't think matches his voting record," Brooks said.

Update: Find coverage of the protest here.

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sunnydelight said...

I just wish someone would come pick up the yellow plastic litter they throw on the roadside beside my driveway every Thursday. It is beginning to accumalate in the ditch again.If I littered like that I'm sure I would be fined by the State and County.

August 24, 2011 at 7:05 a.m.
Facts said...

I supported Chuck. He's getting a taste of his own medicine. He was a dirty campaigner. I won't support him again.

August 24, 2011 at 10:11 a.m.
jaredstory said...

@payingattention: if you indeed were paying attention, you would see that Chattanooga Organized for Action's website, radio interview on WGOW, facebook page/event page, and the message relayed at today's rally made valid and specific points about Chucky's voting record.

August 24, 2011 at 1:14 p.m.
chattyjill said...

What in the world is sunnydelight talking about? "They" who? What ditch? What happens every Thursday? Reading comprehension and language skills are taught in the 3rd grade! Were you the victim of budget cuts?

August 24, 2011 at 4:46 p.m.
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