Mayfield Apologizes for Son’s Tire Slashing

Scottie Mayfield apologized to U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann “and to the voters” after his 33-year-old son confessed to slashing a Fleischmann staffer’s tire at a Mayfield campaign event, reports the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.
“I am truly sorry and embarrassed,” wrote Mayfield, who’s challenging Fleischmann in Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District Republican primary. “This kind of activity has no place in campaigns and we are regretful that it happened.”
The Mayfield campaign initially denied having anything to do with the incident, and the well-known dairy executive issued a public apology at the same time the Kingston Police Department on Thursday charged his son with a misdemeanor — two facts Fleischmann campaign spokesman Jordan Powell cited in dismissing Scottie Mayfield’s atonement as “politically motivated.”
“Is he apologizing because he’s sorry or because his son got caught?” Powell said.
Police charged Michael Mayfield with vandalism under $500 after he confessed, officials said. The incident was caught on video.
Mayfield strategist Tommy Hopper recently promised that the campaign would abstain from “political games” and “silly and childish attempts to diminish the other guys” after another video — “Scottie Mayfield Struggles to Answer Basic Questions” — anonymously was uploaded to YouTube last week.

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