published Monday, May 7th, 2012

Chuck Fleischmann's campaign saga

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann seems to have formulated his strategy for his re-election campaign. If a piece of literature introduced during a district-wide kickoff tour last week is any indication, Fleischmann will stress his connections with the common man while subtly or not so subtly suggesting that his main opponents are men of privilege who don't understand what it means to work to achieve the American dream. Whether that tack succeeds, of course, will be determined by voters in the upcoming primary and general elections.

Fleischmann's red, white and blue brochure recounts how he overcame the loss of his mother, how he lived on his own at 16, how he mopped floors at a McDonald's, how he worked in a library and how he started what he calls a small business with his wife before becoming a member of Congress. That's all true, but the information provided is a bit selective.

Fleischmann, for example, does not indicate the nature of the small business. It is, in fact, a law firm that provides what obviously is a comfortable living. That's a logical conclusion to draw from the fact that the congressman contributed $600,000 of his own money to his first campaign. He might claim to be a small businessman, but most people in the district Fleischmann serves would agree that the ability to spend that much on his campaign elevates his business from the "small" to a much larger category.

There's nothing wrong with Fleischmann touting his up-by-the-bootstraps saga. It does help him contrast his upbringing with that of his two main competitors -- Scottie Mayfield and Weston Wamp. (Ron Bhalla is the other GOP challenger in Tennessee's 3rd District GOP primary).

Mayfield is a well-heeled executive at a dairy that bears his name. Wamp might not have the money that Mayfield does, but he's got an equally or more recognizable name. He's the son of Zach Wamp, Fleischmann's eight-term GOP predecessor.

Fleischmann's brochure, to be fair, offers more than his life's story. It emphasizes his conservative values, lists his accomplishments in office and sets forth his platform -- "less government, less spending, more jobs, and common Christian values." No doubt, Fleischammn hopes the brochure wins him votes.

Voters, however, should demand more, look deeper, ask questions and study his record before deciding on the candidate of their choice in the GOP primary.

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John_Proctor said...

It's as simple as ABC. Anybody But Chuck.

This self-styled "small businessman" was actually a "slip and fall" lawyer who made his fortune in personal injury suits. This brochure shows he hasn't lost his talent for twisting facts and parsing words.

The "accomplishments in office" section of the brochure must be the shortest one as there aren't any to speak of.

May 7, 2012 at 12:15 a.m.

Now now, there's at least three people I won't vote for instead of Chuck. Michelle Bach Mann, Allen West and John Raese.

Fortunately, we don't have to worry about them representing us...but I'm thinking on Basil Marceux as who I will vote for. He seem reliable and genuine. Let's get him back on Colbert.

May 7, 2012 at 12:30 a.m.
joneses said...

And this is exactly what the liberal/dummycrats want in America. The end result is we will all live in poverty with the exception of the ruling class that will include the likes of obastard, pelosi, kennedys, reids, gores, clintons and the rest of the ones that have chosen to rape the taxpayers of their money so they can live a lavish life style while demonizing us for wanting the same thing.

France, 5/7/12

President Nicolas Sarkozy lost to Socialist candidate Francois Hollande, who had criticized the country's austerity program and wants to boost government spending.

If there is a continued backlash against austerity policies, Hollande would face additional pressure to boost spending sharply. That could lead to further downgrades of France's credit rating and kick off a fresh wave of crisis fears, destabilizing global markets.

May 7, 2012 at 7:57 a.m.
chet123 said...

OLE CHUCKY HA HA HA...IS THIS THE BEST HAMILTON COUNTY CAN DO......I SEE WHY USHER RAYMOND,SAM JACKSON AND REGGIE WHITE DISOWN CHATTANOOGA AND AREA......STUPID REPUBLICAN HA HA HA..THEY ARE EMBARESSING.....THEY WERE TOO ASHAME TO LET THE OUT SIDE WORLD KNOW THEY WERE FROM NUTTY REPUBLICAN COUNTRY..... HA HA HA

May 7, 2012 at 2:07 p.m.
chet123 said...

READ JONESES POST....HE SAID OBAMA, PELOSI,CLINTON ARE THE RULING CLASS......THIS IA WHY THIS OLD MAN HAVE NO CREDIBILITY.......

IN HIS TWISTED WORLD THE KOCH BROTHERS ARE ROBIN HOOD HA HA HA HA.....HEY OLD MAN...I HEARD ABOUT REVISING HISTORY HA HA HA...BUT YOU JUST ERASED IT....AND REPLACED IT WITH YOUR FAIRY TALE LIE HA HA HA..AND TRYING TO SELL ITS AS THE TRUTH...HA HA HA....YOU BEST LAY DOWN THAT CRACK PIPE YOU ARE SMOKING HA HA HA HA

May 7, 2012 at 2:14 p.m.
jesse said...

how in the hell did we git from fleischmann to sarkosky? joneses you need to get into therapy RIGHT AWAY!! the only one in this race that is an unknown factor is mayfield! SO i'm votin for him!i know all the rest are liars,thieves or incompetent so i'm gonna go w/ the unknown! can't be no worse! bgesides ain't NOBODY on the planet can SPELL his name right w/o spell check!lol

May 7, 2012 at 2:16 p.m.
chet123 said...

DID YOU SAY MAYFIELD HA HA HA HA...THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT HA HA HA.....SEND MAYFIELD TO PROTECT HIS MILLIONS JESSE......BUDDY YOU HAVE MORE IN COMMON WITH ME YOU FOOL.......STOP KISSING UP TO THE RICH AND GREEDY.....DIDNT YOU LEARN ANYTHING DURING THE WAR OF THE STATES......THE SOUTH CANT BE THIS STUPID HA HA HA HA

May 7, 2012 at 2:21 p.m.
328Kwebsite said...

The Representative's name was misspelled in the penultimate paragraph. Edit the paper.

May 7, 2012 at 2:45 p.m.
jesse said...

HEY CHET?? WHO you gonna vote for outta this MESS??

WESTON?? i know you love him BUT you ain't really gonna vote for him are you?

by the way! i wern't around for the war of the states so i don't have a real good grip on which way i would have went back then! BUT east tenn. was mostly union folks so that ought to tell you sumpin! mtn.folks didn't have a lot of truck /rebellin!

May 7, 2012 at 2:49 p.m.
timbo said...

Chuck is not perfect. He is kinda wimpy. The fact is that he has voted the right way, get it...right way, for his time in congress. He doesn't deserve a challenge from some of the malcontents who have sour grapes from the last election. This is the local republican party eating it's own.

May 7, 2012 at 11:14 p.m.
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