published Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Chuck Fleischmann picks up wave of endorsements for 2014 race

NASHVILLE - Nineteen state legislators from across Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District are endorsing U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., as the Chattanooga congressman gears up for a 2014 race that could include a new challenge from Weston Wamp, son of former Congressman Zach Wamp.

A news release from the Fleischmann campaign says state legislators in 11 counties amounts to a strong show of support as the Chattanooga congressman seeks a third term.

"Times are certainly tough in Washington, and I am very fortunate to have such a wonderful group of state legislators to work with on issues impacting Tennesseans," Fleischmann said. "I believe these endorsements are proof-positive of the strong relationships I have with our local leaders, and I look forward to continuing to serve with them.”

All six Republican state legislators from Hamilton County are backing Fleischmann: Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson, R-Hixson; House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga; Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga; Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge; Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanoog and Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah.

Others include Sen. Mike Bell, R-Cleveland; Rep. Kevin Brooks, R-Cleveland; Rep. Eric Watson, R-Cleveland; Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge; Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman; Sen. Frank Nicely, R-Strawberry Plains; Rep. Kent Calfee, R-Kingston, Rep. John Forgety, R-Athens; Rep. Kelly Keisling, R-Byrdstown; Rep. Jimmy Matlock, R-Lenoir City; Rep. Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro and Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge.

Fleischmann in 2012 beat back efforts by Weston Wamp and Scottie Mayfield to unseat him in the GOP primary. Wamp is eyeing another challenge.

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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