Fleischmann Gearing Up for Re-election Run

Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischman declined to be interviewed by the Chattanooga TFP on his reelection campaign fundraising and two potential primary opponents, but the newspaper reports some contrast in statements made by the congressman and his staff.
“Today is the last day of the quarter,” Fleischmann’s Facebook page said on June 30. “Just a few contributions short of our goal. Will you help me reach it today?”
Last week, Fleischmann’s staff issued a statement saying the congressman was “not thinking about politics.”
But the report to the Federal Election Commission showed he raised $147,040 in the quarter, including about $44,500 from political action committees. The report showed the campaign has $261,470 in cash on hand and $250,000 in debt.
In a news release Friday, Fleischmann said he was “thankful for everyone who has stepped up this early to express their support for the work I am doing in Congress.”
…Robin Smith and Weston Wamp, two Republicans who have expressed interest in Fleischmann’s seat, have not yet declared candidacies, but Smith reported a $2,610 self-donation Friday.
…”We’re still paying off a few relatively small debts [$30,898] for the 2010 cycle,” said (Smith Treasurer) Oscar Brock. “What she’s told me is that she won’t make a decision until the end of the year. Maybe next year.”
Wamp, 24, is the son of former Rep. Zach Wamp, …said Friday he’s received a “tremendous amount of support from the business community” to explore a run for his father’s old seat, but hasn’t made a firm decision.

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