published Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Chuck Fleischmann ices primary opponents Howard-Hill and Wamp in first straw poll

by Chris Carroll
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.
Photo by Alex Washburn /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Who do you support for the 3rd Congressional District?

Nearly two-thirds of Anderson County Republican Party straw poll voters chose U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann on Tuesday evening, leaving slivers for the incumbent’s two primary challengers.

According to results posted on the party’s website, Fleischmann received 65 percent of the vote, Jean Howard-Hill got 28 percent and Weston Wamp took home 7 percent. About 150 people voted in the straw poll, according to Alex Moseley, chairman of the Anderson County Republican Party.

Two sources confirmed that Howard-Hill and Wamp attended, “worked the crowd” and spoke for 10 minutes each. Fleischmann was in Washington. He did not send a representative to speak on his behalf.

Anderson County includes Oak Ridge, the third-largest city after Chattanooga and Cleveland in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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governmentcynic said...

Wow! I read this and called a friend in Anderson County who was present last night. Was the reporter even there? There were 40 or so people there, not 150. Of the 40, maybe five were voters. The rest were paid campaign staff and campaign volunteers. Mr. Fleischmann's staff from Chattanooga drove up, paid their $5 and voted. Let's not write stories based on information from congressional staffers being paid with our tax dollars to work on Mr. Fleischman's campaign.

October 26, 2011 at 11:29 a.m.
Facts said...

So very funny. Little Richie Rich paying for votes. Shakedown Chip and Richie Rich- what a pair!

October 26, 2011 at 11:38 a.m.
nurseinparis said...

Weston Wamp is not a serious candidate. Its over already. Chuck is just the most qualified candidate and apparently everyone in Anderson County knows it.

October 26, 2011 at 1:32 p.m.
dick_tatum said...

Interesting. I was there for the entire event. Weston showed up late. He was disrespectful when others were speaking. His message sounded more like a Democrat when he spoke about shared sacrifice and working with the other side. By the time he had arrived many of the voters had already left. I assure you that if Chuck had wanted to stuff the ballots the result would have been even worse. Weston needs to grow up and take responsibility for his own campaign's failures.

October 26, 2011 at 1:39 p.m.
Facts said...

dick_tatum, My criticism of Chuck & Chip implies absolutely no support of Weston Wamp. I supported Chuck in his primary bid & simply know what an embarrassment his entire operation is.

Weston needs to get a job, grow up, and understand what life offers in experience.

I will offer just a thought based on the same idea that Weston needs to get a job & earn an honest living. I was stunned to learn that "small businessman" Flieschmann that I helped get elected and Mike Huckabee sold his services to actually obtained his law practice as a gift from his father-in-law. Awesome to grow up in affluence in NY, attend the University in Chicago, attend law school at UT, and walk into a law firm.

There are 2 very spoiled, inexperienced men who think they should be in Congress. Sadly, one is in Congress.

October 26, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.
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