Mayfield Dairy Chief Considers Congressional Run in 3rd

Scottie Mayfield, the 61-year-old president of Mayfield Dairy in Athens, saidd Wednesday he is considering a run against U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.
“It’s a heck of a responsibility,” Scottie Mayfield said Wednesday. “Somebody’s going to allow me to look at a congressional schedule, what a member of Congress does every day of their life.”
The news adds a tantalizing scoop to an already flavorful Republican primary for the 3rd District race.
He said he would decide within two weeks. The dairy mogul said he gathered family and friends around his dining room table Wednesday to discuss issues and explore possibilities. He said he may use Mayfield’s 1,800 employees as an informal focus group
. “I’ve got to make sure that’s not against company policy first,” he said with a laugh. Mayfield said his own business expertise is needed in Congress, but also said “it’s hard to be real critical” of Fleischmann.
Asked what he would fight for in Washington, Mayfield said jobs and reducing the national debt, but did not elaborate

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