The son of a dairy executive who lost a race for Congress has pleaded guilty to slashing a tire stem on a car belonging to the incumbent congressman’s campaign manager during a campaign stop last spring, reports the News Sentinel.
Michael Mayfield, son of Scottie Mayfield, entered his plea to misdemeanor vandalism this week in Roane County General Sessions Court.
The younger Mayfield, 34, admitted slashing the stem on the rear left tire of Tyler Threadgill’s 2005 Audi during an April 24 Scottie Mayfield campaign stop at the Roane County Courthouse.
Threadgill, manager of 3rd District congressman Chuck Fleischmann’s re-election effort, had attended several of Mayfield’s campaign events.
On Monday, Michael Mayfield received a suspended 11-month, 29-day jail sentence, was granted judicial diversion and was placed on unsupervised probation.
Prosecutor Bill Reedy said that if Mayfield completes probation “on good behavior,” Mayfield can petition the court to expunge the charge from his record.
Mayfield was ordered to make $100 restitution. That sum was “an arbitrary amount we just pulled out of the air,” Reedy said. He said Threadgill wasn’t able to give a specific damage amount for the tire stem. “It wasn’t a big deal to him (Threadgill),” Reedy said.
With court costs, Mayfield will pay around $500, Reedy said.
Scottie Mayfield gave up the fight Friday and conceded the 3rd Congressional District Republican primary to U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, reports Chris Carroll.
“Tomorrow I’m going to get on my tractor for the first time in four months,” the runner-up said Friday. “I’m ready to get back to the old normalcy as opposed to the more recent normalcy.”
The dairy executive’s concession clears the way for Fleischmann to run against Democratic nominee Mary Headrick. Independent candidate and Army veteran Matthew Deniston also will be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
Mayfield phoned the freshman congressman Friday afternoon. The call came half a day after Mayfield promised Thursday night to challenge Hamilton County’s results “first thing” in the morning.
Several bleary-eyed Fleischmann staffers converged on the Hamilton County Election Commission as it opened at 8 a.m. Friday, brainstorming a response to Mayfield’s expected appearance.
“This is all about a new flavor of Mayfield ice cream — ‘Sour Grapes,'” Fleischmann Chief of Staff Chip Saltsman joked while waiting.
The aides waited for several hours, but Mayfield never showed up.
Mayfield initially declined to concede the race because, he said, private polling in recent days showed him doing much better in Hamilton County than he actually did when the votes were counted.
Weston Wamp won Hamilton County by 101 votes, and it was the only county in the district that Mayfield didn’t win or finish second. Instead he came in third, 19 percentage points and 6,000 votes behind Wamp.
Mayfield lost by a similar number of votes districtwide and declined to concede Thursday “because it sounds like someone may have made a mistake” in Hamilton County, he said.
About 25 East Ridge city employees attended a reception for 3rd District Congressional candidate Scottie Mayfield during working hours and the city spent about $80 on providing snacks at the gathering, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
It may have been just an hour of cookies and punch, but a recent reception sponsored by East Ridge city officials for a congressional candidate is drawing questions about how local taxpayer money may be used.
City Manager Tim Gobble insisted that the reception was not meant to be an endorsement and was an attempt to be “hospitable,” but other city leaders have said it was an inappropriate use of city funds.
“It just looks bad,” said Councilman Jim Bethune, who attended the event but said flatly he is not a Mayfield supporter. “I don’t think he meant it as an endorsement, but you start to think about whether this is really our place, as a city, to do that.”
The event stemmed from conversations Gobble said he had with Mayfield several weeks ago, when the city manager invited the candidate to stop by City Hall to meet employees. Other local candidates have stopped by City Hall to glad-hand with residents, but none have been afforded a formal reception.
Three months after Scottie Mayfield said his 33-year-old son’s tire-slashing incident “has no place in campaigns,” Chris Carroll reports finding an audio wherein the dairy executive says, “I’m not ashamed of why he did it.”
The remark conflicts with a public apology Mayfield issued April 26 after his son, Michael Mayfield, confessed to slashing a tire belonging to an aide of U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann.
In a written statement released the day the Kingston (Tenn.) Police Department charged his son with vandalism under $500, Mayfield apologized, called the slashing regrettable and said, “This kind of activity has no place in campaigns.”
But at a Nightside Pachyderm Club meeting in June, he had a little more to say.
“Lord have mercy,” Mayfield said, according to an audio recording obtained by the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “Who would have thought your son would have the passion that he had to lose his head after watching those guys follow us around for two days?
“I’ll tell you this,” he added. “I don’t like at all what my son did, and I’m ashamed of it. But I’m not ashamed of why he did it.”
Scottie Mayfield told supporters to expect “false/negative” television advertising from his Republican primary opponents in the coming weeks, reports Chris Carroll. But he declined to identify the source of that information or describe the content of the ads.
“Republican leaders and voters report that we’ll be attacked on TV soon,” the Athens, Tenn., dairy executive wrote on Twitter. “False/negative ads have no place in [Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District Republican] primary.”
Joe Hendrix, a spokesman for Mayfield, said, “Scottie committed to not going negative in any way.” He declined further elaboration on that basis but said his boss anticipates attack ads with “fabricated” content.
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, the well-financed, first-term incumbent Mayfield is trying to unseat, denied having knowledge of anything Mayfield implied.
…Republican challenger Weston Wamp flatly denied he would produce or approve any negative ads against Mayfield. A representative for Ron Bhalla, Fleischmann’s other GOP opponent, said such ads wouldn’t come from him.
If Scottie Mayfield wins Tennessee’s 3rd District congressional race, he would be the first non-Chattanoogan to capture the post since the 1890s, observes Chris Carroll.
With that in mind, some of the Scenic City’s public officials have wondered whether the dairy executive would keep Chattanooga’s congressional office or open an office closer to his Athens, Tenn., home.
The answer may be both.
In an interview Saturday at the opening of his Chattanooga campaign headquarters, Mayfield smiled, hesitated and said he hadn’t considered the congressional office question. First, he said, he must beat U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and two others in the Aug. 2 Republican primary before squaring off against the Democratic nominee in November.
“It’s a cart-before-the-horse issue,” he said.
But in a subsequent conversation amid chatty supporters and coolers bursting with Mayfield milk and lemonade, he said he would keep a Chattanooga office “for sure,” adding that he might establish an Athens office “for my own convenience.” Mayfield also said he would staff an office near Oak Ridge, where numerous U.S. Department of Energy programs are housed.
Republican Scottie Mayfield, running for the 3rd Congressional District nomination,says he thinks that giving voters ice cream — Mayfield brand, paid for by the campaign, naturally — is a better way to communicate than participating in debates.
His comments are part of a Georgiana Vines overview story on the congressional campaign. Mayfield, who has declined to participate in debates, also says he would never have run had not redistricting moved his McMinn County home out of the 2nd District, whre Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. is the incumbent — not Chuck Fleischmann.
“I would not want to replace him (Duncan(. I think he is doing a good job,” Mayfield said in an interview in Knoxville on Wednesday. When the district changed, “a door opened for me,” he said.
He responded to criticism for not attending the debates in Chattanooga by saying that he didn’t think they would prove differences between the candidates.
…”I’ve watched the presidential debates. They are so divisive. I don’t think the candidates say a great deal,” he said. He also didn’t want to become divisive himself, he said.
Pointing to a flyer listing his positions on seven issues, he said all of the Republican candidates with a few word changes seem the same with one exception — term limits. He favors members of the House and Senate each serving 12 years, he said.
…While not attending the tea party debate, Mayfield said he went to two other events in the district in Polk and Campbell counties and reached 600 people — more than attended the debate.
He said he prefers to have the opportunity to meet with people one-on-one, find out what they’re interested in and listen. Often, initially, they’re a little standoffish, he said.
“Give them some ice cream and they settle in and get comfortable,” he said. “People like ice cream.”
Third District Congressional candidate Scottie Mayfield’s company has profited from federal government contracts, as previously posted, inspiring Charlie Daniel.
Scottie Mayfield promised Thursday to serve no more than 10 years if elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, making a pledge his top opponents recently refused or evaded, according to the Chattanooga TFP.
Mayfield campaign spokesman Joe Hendrix said his boss decided to address term limits after reflecting on prior conversations with members of Congress.
“They told him they’d like to support certain legislation or initiatives, but choose not to vote for [them] because it would hurt their re-election,” Hendrix said. “Having term limits … creates the opportunity to vote for what the member believes is right.”
…Fleischmann is seeking his second term. In a May 21 debate, he avoided a direct question about a term-limits pledge, saying that elections every two years already make House members accountable to voters.
Weston Wamp, another Republican challenging Fleischmann, said at the debate that he would not make a term-limits pledge.
“I will serve in Congress as long as I am passionate about waking up every morning and doing the people’s work,” he said.
Gov. Bill Haslam will be supporting state Sen. Doug Overbey in his re-election bid against Republican primary challenger, Scottie Hughes, according to the Mountain Press.
Overbey’s Senate district includes Blount and Sevier counties. The governor had previously said he would back House Education Committee Chairman Richard Montgomery, who also faces a challenger in the Republican primary.
A spokesman for the governor said Haslam is offering his “full support” for fellow Republicans Rep. Richard Montgomery and Sen. Doug Overbey in both their August primary contests and the November general election. (Note: No Democrat is running for either seat.)
Haslam told reporters recently he would be working for incumbents including Montgomery, with Press Secretary David Smith explaining Overbey will also receive that assistance. While the governor’s office is being careful to point out he’s not offering any full endorsements, Smith was willing to say Haslam “fully supports” both men in their campaigns. (Note: Say what, Dave??)
Meanwhile, a political action committee declaring ties to Tea Party groups has endorsed Hughes and declared Overbey too liberal and too tied to special interests. The news release is below.