published Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Robin Smith won’t challenge U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann to a rematch

by Chris Carroll
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    Robin Smith, former Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party and congressional candidate.
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Robin Smith, a veteran politician and U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann’s top Republican rival last year, said she will not run for Congress in 2012.

“No one sees this coming,” she told the Times Free Press on Thursday. “Nobody told me, ‘Robin, don’t run,’ during this process.”

Smith hyped a Friday morning radio interview in which she would state her “congressional intentions,” but she announced no such thing, citing business opportunities and an already crowded field waiting to unseat Fleischmann.

A health care consultant and former Tennessee Republican Party chairman, Smith lost the 2010 GOP primary to Fleischmann by 2 percentage points after an acrimonious campaign.

So far, Fleischmann’s two Republican primary opponents are political science professor Jean Howard-Hill and Weston Wamp, the 24-year-old son of former Congressman Zach Wamp, who Fleischmann replaced this year.

No Democrats, independents or third-party candidates have entered the race.

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

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patriot1 said...

I'll hold my nose and vote for Fleischmann

December 2, 2011 at 10:18 a.m.
Facts said...

As a grown businessman, I went into the lavatory at my downtown company and looked myself in the mirror as someone who criticized a lady with more class in a strand of hair than most folks will have in their lifetime. Ms. Smith, I worked against you. I'm sorry. But I will find ways to support you in the future. I'm glad you chose the radio to make your announcement. I think we all understand what a Christian servant leader sounds like. May God bless you and your family, A former supporter of Chuck Fleischmann

December 2, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.
obviousman said...

“Nobody told me, ‘Robin, don’t run,’ during this process.”

Clearly she didn't ask me, any of my friends, co-workers or most of the persons in the 3rd Congressional District, or she would have been told, many times, "Robin, don't run."

December 2, 2011 at 10:54 a.m.
chattcitizen said...

Thank you Robin for making the right choice!

December 2, 2011 at 11:26 a.m.
ldurham said...

So, this "potential candidate," who crashed and burned so famously in a weak field in 2010...goes on the radio to announce she's NOT running? This is news? Why is she any more important than the guy who patches potholes on Main Street? He's not running either! Someone, please give this sad woman some attention. She's starving for it.

December 2, 2011 at 12:49 p.m.

@I think we all understand what a Christian servant leader sounds like.

Or its imposters.

December 2, 2011 at 1:06 p.m.
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