published Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Wamp labels Haslam gun mailers as ‘phony’

NASHVILLE — Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam’s efforts to tout his credentials on Second Amendment gun issues in the Republican gubernatorial primary drew fire Saturday from his GOP rivals, U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.

With early voting in the Aug. 5 GOP primary starting Friday, the Chattanooga congressman and Lt. Gov. Ramsey charged that a recent Haslam campaign direct-mail piece is an attempt to mislead voters about the mayor’s past positions on gun issues.

“I’m trying to be nice, but I mean that’s got to be the most phony thing we’ve seen in Tennessee politics in many years,” Congressman Wamp told reporters before speaking at a Davidson County Republican Party event.

He noted Mayor Haslam joined the National Rifle Association in March 2009 and recently acknowledged in a Times Free Press interview that he doesn’t own a gun.

Mr. Haslam later said there is nothing misleading about the mailer.

“I can assure you, I support Second Amendment rights for Tennesseans. Period,” he said.

For complete coverage see Sunday's Times Free Press.

about Andy Sher...

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, ...

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notgriscom said...

“I’m trying to be nice, but I mean that’s got to be the most phony thing we’ve seen in Tennessee politics in many years,” Congressman Wamp told reporters before speaking at a Davidson County Republican Party event.

Gimme a break, Congressman. What is not phony about YOU receiving PAC money and LYING to your constituents regarding TERM LIMITS. Phony? Get real.

July 10, 2010 at 8:17 p.m.
gm1220 said...

Oh, Please! Zach and Robin Smith are the same. They both add 2 + 2 and come up with 100. Many do not own guns or belong to the NRA but that doesn't mean we don't support the 2nd Amendment. I am so tired of Wamp and Smith telling me what I think!

July 10, 2010 at 8:48 p.m.
rdecredico said...

Guns are for p*ssies.

July 11, 2010 at 4:12 a.m.
Don_in_Athens said...

Just another lying politician. They're all cut out of the same cloth.

July 11, 2010 at 7:28 a.m.
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