published Friday, January 10th, 2014

Weston Wamp expected to run again for Congress against Chuck Fleischmann

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Republican Weston Wamp is expected to challenge U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann in the GOP Congressional primary in August.

Wamp, the 26-year-old son of former Congressman Zach Wamp who ran unsuccessfully for the 3rd district congressional seat two years ago, is planning an announcement at 10 a.m. Monday in Chattanooga about his political future.

Wamp declined today to discuss his political plans in advance of Monday’s news conference. But he is likely to mount another challenge to Fleischmann, who succeeded his father as congressman in 2010.

“I’ve always been in a group of people who believe our district deserves better representation,” Wamp said.

Weston Wamp is the principal partner in Wamp Strategy, a public relations and marketing firm which operates out of the Lamp Post Group in downtown Chattanooga where Wamp will make his announcement on Monday.

Wamp was defeated by Fleishmann in 2012 in a 4-candidate GOP primary that also included former Mayfield Dairy President Scottie Mayfield. Mayfield said last year he will not run again.

In an email to supporters in November, Wamp said he commissioned a survey by Wilkins Research last fall that showed that only 38 percent of Republicans in Tennessee's 3rd congressional district supported Fleischmann in a potential Wamp-Fleischmann matchup.

No other Republicans have announced plans yet to challenge Fleischmann.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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