published Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Robin Smith to announce congressional intentions Friday

by Chris Carroll
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    Robin Smith, former Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party and congressional candidate.
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Who would you support?

A big announcement from Robin Smith is coming tomorrow, she said today.

During a local talk radio show appearance Friday morning, Smith is expected to say whether she’ll challenge U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., ending will-she-or-won’t-she speculation that began last summer.

“Smith has been in an active process of meeting with advisers and supporters to make her decision about a second run for Congress,” a news release sent by Smith said.

Arguably more conservative than Fleischmann, Smith was the congressman’s top Republican rival during last year’s 3rd Congressional District primary race to replace eight-term U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, who ran unsuccessfully for governor.

Smith took 28 percent of the primary balloting, but Fleischmann beat her by two percentage points and won 57 percent of the general election vote, riding a Republican midterm wave to Washington.

One of Smith’s former aides, Mark Winslow, filed something of a political lawsuit earlier this week, jointly accusing Fleischmann and the congressman’s chief of staff, Chip Saltsman, of defamation during last year’s campaign.

Smith has denied any connection to the lawsuit.

A health care consultant, Smith served as chairwoman of the Tennessee Republican Party before she ran for Congress. She raised $723,000 during the 2010 primary, according to the news release.

Weston Wamp, the former congressman’s son, and political science professor Jean Howard-Hill have already said they’ll challenge Fleischmann.

No Democrats, independents or third-party candidates have entered the race.

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XGSBoss said...

Jeez, time to start adding the "None Of The Above" option on your polls, TFP.

December 1, 2011 at 1:59 p.m.
eeeeeek said...


December 1, 2011 at 3 p.m.
NoMyth said...

Wamp Junior even considering a run for elected office is beyond the pale and shows what a sheltered and out of touch existence he leads. This is off-the-charts arrogance that results from bad parenting and living a life of privilege. The thought of someone with a silver spoon and not a single accomplishment in life, regardless of party affiliation, acting as a government representative for millions of citizens should make every American's blood boil. Only a fool would support a Wamp Junior ticket. Wamp Senior was a below average Rep w few good ideas and little to show for his service except a nice pension and health benefits. Wamp Junior would be even worse. Again, the arrogance is off the chart. Shame on this kid and shame on his family.

December 1, 2011 at 11:07 p.m.
stuartfjames said...

Will Robin Smith run for Congress, again? If she does she is at a financial disadvantage, she has no money, and no fundraising machine. Additionally, Mark Winslow (Smith's former communication director) filed a lawsuit against Fleischmann for defamation of character during the last political campaign (all campaigns involve defamation of character, Smith knows this because she has done it). The circumstances do not add up to a viable candidate nor a candidate who can raise the money to win.

Based upon the current political circumstances, Smith is not a viable candidate and her reputation for slashing and burning others is growing. She is a professional at burning bridges and engaging in the politics of hate.

We better not say anything further or we may get sued...truth, however, is a defense.

December 2, 2011 at 7:20 a.m.
stuartfjames said...

Actually, the lawsuit for defamation was recently filed. It was not filed in the last campaign, but was filed alleging that Chuck Fleischmann and Chip Saltzman defamed Smith's character in the last campaign. Mark Winslow really knows how to win an election for Smith, doesn't he?

December 2, 2011 at 7:26 a.m.
WHS1970 said...

Trading one right wing extremist for another would not help the working class anyway. We are screwed any way we turn!!!

December 2, 2011 at 9:15 a.m.
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