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NASHVILLE - Republican gubernatorial candidate Zach Wamp came under renewed criticism today for recent remarks he made about states' possibly seceding from the union.

This time, however, the critique of the Chattanooga congressman came not from his Aug. 5 GOP primary rivals Bill Haslam and Ron Ramsey but the conservative editorial page of The Wall Street Journal.

The editorial, headlined "Zach Wamp's Rebel Yell," says "politicians of all stripes are smart to keep away from analogies to the Old Confederacy."

It then lashes out at Wamp as an Appropriations Committee member, charging that after being elected in 1994 as reformer, Washington transformed him into "an epic spender and earmarker, especially for the Tennessee Valley Authority and other federal boondoggles."

"We'd prefer if he seceded from Appropriations," says a secondary headline in the editorial.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.

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