Alexander, Frist Back Fleischmann; Corker, Haslam Not So Much

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist are headlining at separate fundraising events this month for Chuck Fleischmann, making the congressman the definite 3rd Congressional District leader in high-profile endorsements thus far, reports Chris Carroll.
But Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker remain publicly ambivalent to Fleischmann’s re-election despite the first-term congressman’s struggle to emerge as the obvious front-runner in a contested Republican primary.
Fleischmann’s biggest GOP threats, Scottie Mayfield and Weston Wamp, have ties to Corker and Haslam, and neither the governor nor Tennessee’s junior senator seems willing to rock the boat.
..”I’m basically not involved in the 3rd District race right now and haven’t been,” (Corker) said.
In a written statement Tuesday, Todd Womack, the senator’s chief of staff, declined to answer whether Corker would formally endorse Fleischmann, instead saying Corker “has shown support for Congressman Fleischmann by hosting events for him.”
During a Chattanooga Times Free Press editorial board meeting on Monday, Haslam said he has worked with Fleischmann on “several things” since both men took office, but said “probably not” when asked if he would endorse the congressman or anyone else in the race.

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