Political Notebook: Fleischmann to head annual GOP dinner

In this Aug. 23, 2017, staff file photo, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., speaks during the annual Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Meeting at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is chairing the Tennessee Republican Party's annual Statemen's Dinner on June 8, a high-visibility role for the Ooltewah congressman.

The dinner is the state GOP's main fundraiser and the chairman is involved "in securing our speaker as well as working with Chairman Goldman to ensure the dinner's success as a fundraiser," party spokeswoman Candice Dawkins said.

That includes helping persuade as many Republican stalwarts as possible to buy up the $250-per- person tickets and larger donors to buy up entire tables. Fleischmann also introduces the keynote speaker whom he played a role in recruiting.

This year's speaker is U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the House majority whip who is viewed as a potential candidate for speaker if a bid by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to replace retiring Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Minn.,