published Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Washington Post likes Weston Wamp’s chances

Reporter's Notebook


by Chris Carroll

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is ranked No. 3 on The Washington Post’s list of the top 10 House incumbents who could lose their primaries this year.

In a Friday article examining what could be “one of the most anti-incumbent years in decades,” the newspaper noted that the Chattanooga Republican won a tough 2010 primary after former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp vacated Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District seat to run for governor.

But now, the Post wrote, Fleischmann “faces a serious primary from another Wamp — Weston Wamp, the 25-year-old son of the former congressman.”

The piece makes no mention of the younger Wamp’s views on policy, instead noting the strength of “Wamp’s last name and father’s connections in Washington.”

AREA LAWMAKERS GET CHAMBER NODS

The entire Republican congressional delegations for Tennessee and Georgia won the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise” award last week.

The award honors members of Congress who support the Chamber’s position on at least 70 percent of what the Chamber deems “key votes.” Hundreds of mostly Republican senators and House members won the award.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., both of whom are up for re-election, sent official news releases announcing they won.

The Chamber is the world’s largest trade group, which lobbies on behalf of businesses throughout the United States, “from large companies to small businesses on Main Street,” according to Fleischmann’s news release.

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