NASHVILLE - Nineteen state legislators from across Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District are endorsing U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., as the Chattanooga congressman gears up for a 2014 race that could include a new challenge from Weston Wamp, son of former Congressman Zach Wamp.
A news release from the Fleischmann campaign says state legislators in 11 counties amounts to a strong show of support as the Chattanooga congressman seeks a third term.
"Times are certainly tough in Washington, and I am very fortunate to have such a wonderful group of state legislators to work with on issues impacting Tennesseans," Fleischmann said. "I believe these endorsements are proof-positive of the strong relationships I have with our local leaders, and I look forward to continuing to serve with them.”
All six Republican state legislators from Hamilton County are backing Fleischmann: Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson, R-Hixson; House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga; Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga; Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge; Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanoog and Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah.
Others include Sen. Mike Bell, R-Cleveland; Rep. Kevin Brooks, R-Cleveland; Rep. Eric Watson, R-Cleveland; Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge; Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman; Sen. Frank Nicely, R-Strawberry Plains; Rep. Kent Calfee, R-Kingston, Rep. John Forgety, R-Athens; Rep. Kelly Keisling, R-Byrdstown; Rep. Jimmy Matlock, R-Lenoir City; Rep. Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro and Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge.
Fleischmann in 2012 beat back efforts by Weston Wamp and Scottie Mayfield to unseat him in the GOP primary. Wamp is eyeing another challenge.
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, ...