Wamp announces local campaign team

Wamp announces local campaign team

September 19th, 2009 by Matt Wilson in Politics State

U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., has announced the members of his Hamilton County leadership team in his run for Tennessee governor.

In a news release, Rep. Wamp named Hamilton County Assessor of Property Bill Bennett and former General Sessions Court Judge Mike Carter as campaign chairmen. W.L. "Bubba" Ricketts and Becky Browder will serve as county coordinators.

Also running in the GOP gubernatorial campaign are Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam; Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville; and Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons.

On the Democratic side, candidates are state Sen. Roy Herron, D-Dresden; state Sen. Jim Kyle, D-Memphis; former state Rep. Kim McMillan, D-Clarksville; Mike McWherter, son of former governor Ned McWherter; and Nashville businessman Ward Cammack.

taking aim at acorn

U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, both R-Ga., trumpeted Thursday their votes to revoke federal funding from the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, or ACORN.

"It is indefensible that ACORN is eligible for taxpayers funds when it has repeatedly worked to undermine our electoral process and to advance partisan political activities," Sen. Isakson said in a joint news release from the two senators.

Both senators, as well as Tennessee's two senators, voted for an appropriations bill amendment to remove funding for ACORN. That amendment passed 83-7.

Thursday's release stated that the Georgia senators are co-sponsoring a bill to block ACORN from receiving federal funding from any source.

The outrage over the agency stems from hidden-camera footage of a filmmaking couple, posing as a pimp and a prostitute, entering ACORN offices and being advised to lie about their professions.

Meanwhile, former Tennessee Republican Party Chairwoman Robin Smith, a candidate for the 3rd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, issued a statement Monday praising the Senate vote.

"The Senate sent a clear message that Americans view ACORN as an illegitimate organization," she said.

fleischmann joins tea party march

One of Ms. Smith's primary opponents, Chattanooga attorney Chuck Fleischmann, stated in a Monday news release that he attended the Sept. 12 Tea Party protest in Washington, D.C., against federal spending.

"I was truly amazed by the heartfelt love for our country that I saw during the march," he said in a statement. "The Tea Party patriots are concerned for the direction of our country and so am I."

Mr. Fleischmann will face Ms. Smith, Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble, businessman Tommy Crangle, businessman Art Rhodes and engineer Greg Goodwin for the GOP nomination for the 3rd Congressional District seat now held by U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn, who's running for state governor.

On the Democratic side, former state Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Paula Flowers and systems analyst Brent Benedict are running.

Businessman Mark DeVol has said he's running as an independent.

Right to Life endorses Cobb

Tennessee Right to Life, the state's largest anti-abortion group, announced Friday it has endorsed Democrat Ty Cobb over Republican Pat Marsh in the special state House District 62 in Middle Tennessee.

"Challenges remain for Tennessee's pro-life movement and after considering the positions and commitments of both major candidates, Tennessee Right to Life has concluded that Ty Cobb has the stronger pro-life vision and voice," said the group's president, Brian Harris, in a news release.

Members of Tennessee Right to Life's political action committee met with both candidates and also looked at their survey responses and public forum statements.

The group said Mr. Cobb's "strong support" for Senate Joint Resolution 127, a measure which seeks to make the Tennessee Constitution silent on abortion rights, and "his commitment to vote only for a pro-life Speaker of the House were key to the endorsement."

twitter updates

Twitter is an online social networking tool many politicians use to send updates to supporters. Here's what some local officials and candidates were saying this week:

* Lt. Gov. Ramsey, Monday: "Saw Wicked at TPAC last night with Sindy and my girls. great show!!!"

* Ms. Flowers, Monday: "3rd Dist. Candidates must Offer Health Care Solutions - Not just Criticisms of current proposals -- not enough to just say no -- solutions now"

* U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., Tuesday: "Today, I look forward to standing up for my friend and colleague, Rep. Joe Wilson, who has given an apology the president accepted. Enough."

* Sheriff Gobble, Tuesday: "I agree with President Obama's assessment of Kanya West and his actions toward Taylor Swift. Way to go Obama, glad to give credit when due."

* Rep. Wamp, Wednesday: "Pres Carter is wrong again by making opposition to Pres Obamas policies a racial issue. People can disagree w/out everything being 'racial.'"