Fincher: I Won’t Be a Target (though Democrats suggest otherwise)

By Adrian Sainz, Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher already has raised more than $900,000 for his re-election campaign, while Democrats are targeting his 8th District seat as they wait for a candidate to come forward.
Fincher, a Republican from Frog Jump, is wrapping up his first year in the GOP-controlled House. The freshman congressman has voted mostly along Republican party lines and received a prestigious committee promotion, while also building a bank account that places him in a strong position heading into the 2012 election.
With Tennessee’s Republican-controlled General Assembly in charge of redistricting, Fincher’s hold on the northwest Tennessee seat could get even tighter if lines are re-drawn to accommodate more Republicans and fewer Democrats in the district.
National Democrats, however, say Fincher can be beat in 2012. They claim he has turned his back on his soybean, corn and cotton farming district by moving from the Agriculture Committee to the big-bucks Financial Affairs Committee. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has blasted out several email attacks on Fincher, setting the groundwork for next year.
“Fincher Opposed $300,394 To Hire Tennessee Cops,” says the headline of one e-mail. “Representative Fincher’s Failure Creating Jobs,” says another.
Fincher, who voted for House Speaker John Boehner’s debt reduction bill and the repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, doesn’t agree that he’s vulnerable.
“We’ll have the funds we need to run a successful and aggressive campaign — which is why the Democrats won’t target the 8th,” Fincher wrote in an email interview with The Associated Press. “The same folks that brought me to the dance are continuing to support me.”

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