published Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

John Boehner to attend Chuck Fleischmann event


by Chris Carroll
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    In this file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens to his introduction prior to speaking about the economy at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann will have a special guest at a Chattanooga fundraiser meant to boost re-election efforts: House Speaker John Boehner.

The Walden Club, the high-rise downtown restaurant, will host the Oct. 27 fundraiser. Other details, including the guest list and cost to attend, were still undetermined Wednesday. The event won't be open to the public.

Aides for Fleischmann have been trying to finalize details for public release ever since hearing news that Weston Wamp, the 24-year-old son of longtime U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, would challenge their boss in next year's Republican primary.

In a Saturday story exploring the Wamp rumors, The Nashville Post reported that Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, would appear at a Fleischmann event, citing sources.

Jordan Powell, Fleischmann's spokesman, stressed that Boehner decided to stump for Fleischmann before Wamp entered the race. But Powell also said the speaker's plans "stayed the same" after he heard Wamp's announcement.

"Chuck is thankful [Boehner] is taking time out to come support him," Powell said.

In an emailed statement, Boehner spokesman Cory Fritz said "Speaker Boehner is looking forward to visiting Tennessee later this month for Chuck and will continue doing everything in his power to support Republicans who are fighting in Congress to get our economy back to creating jobs."

The move is in keeping with prior events engineered to bolster Fleischmann's political clout. Last year, Fleischmann's primary campaign picked up steam after former Arkansas governor and presidential nominee Mike Huckabee made a speech in Chattanooga on Fleischmann's behalf. Chip Saltsman, Fleischmann's chief of staff, managed Huckabee's 2008 presidential campaign.

The speaker will arrive in Chattanooga two months after negotiating a contentious debt ceiling deal with President Barack Obama. Fleischmann originally supported Boehner's plan, but he voted against the final agreement. The vote was 269-161.

Wamp and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga political science professor Jean Howard-Hill, both Republicans, are Fleischmann's opponents. No Democrat or third-party candidate has jumped in.

According to the most recent financial disclosures, Fleischmann has $261,470 in cash on hand, including $147,040 raised between March and June.

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osama said...

the orange tan man in town,wow!!!!why do you thinks he tans so much??

October 5, 2011 at 6:21 a.m.
ranger1 said...

so dum and dummer in town wow

October 5, 2011 at 6:38 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

Boy, I guess the stink from the sewers downtown wasn't enough, it will really be bad when you get those three together.

October 5, 2011 at 7:25 a.m.
Facts said...

What happened to the guy I campaigned for who was "stand up against the establishment"? Now we know why Mr. Flieschmann's been voting as Mr. Beltway-Boehner says. Again, I along with a lot of others were lied to by Chuck Flieschmann. Please don't be fooled again or believe that Weston Wamp would do any different. I hope Mrs. Smith gets in soon. There really isn't anyone else with a spine or a known set of values that we can count on or hold accountable.

October 5, 2011 at 9:01 a.m.
wful38 said...

Strong It appears to be just a wee bit slanted when tied in with the Wamp kid's bid for the seat. Makes Fleischmann appear to be somewhat intimidated. I guess that was your intent. Why not just report the facts. You did study journalism, didn't you?

October 5, 2011 at 9:54 a.m.
ibshame said...

"The event won't be open to the public."

When has Chuckie ever appeared at an event that was open to the public? He certainly didn't appear at any public debates when he ran the last time. I suppose it never occured to Chuckie that he represents ALL OF THE PEOPLE in the Third Congressional District and at some point he's going to need to make an appearance at some event where he won't be able to control who is invited and what questions he has to answer. Of course with the current photo ID law being in effect and they're turning away 96 year old voters who have all the documentation they should need to vote, Chuckie is not that worried about those disenfranchised voters. He probably like most in his party thinks those are votes he's lost anyway so why bother? It's too bad the only competition he has at the moment is a kid who probably just started contributing to Social Security but if elected wouldn't hesitate to gut it.

October 5, 2011 at 1:24 p.m.
hambone said...

Maybe Eric Cantor and Paul ryan will show up too.

And tell us all how Chuckie is a good little Republican obstructionist!!

Fund raiser? I would hate to see Chuckie have to spend his own money, AGAIN!!

October 5, 2011 at 3:57 p.m.
acerigger said...

Not open to the public!?

Oh well,maybe someone will get the chance to ask "WHERE ARE THE JOBS?"

October 5, 2011 at 5:53 p.m.
328Kwebsite said...

We invite Speaker Boehner to teach Representative Fleischmann how to make a policy decision about anything. So far, he's done nothing. We don't elect millionaires to office so that they can decorate their resume. We can see that's what we've gotten from Representative Fleischmann.

Of course, Speaker Boehner has provided us with nothing but categorical disappointment. If he could just go back to Ohio instead, that'd be great. Try to do it without another payoff scheme for the wealthy under the threat of a government shutdown for the rest of us.

We'll all be voting for President Obama anyway.

October 5, 2011 at 8:20 p.m.
eeeeeek said...

Didn't the republicans run on job creation last year?

288 days with no jobs bills from a republican controlled house.

Hey Boehner, Where are the jobs?

October 20, 2011 at 4:33 p.m.
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