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Fleischmann Staff Voted in Staw Poll (won by Fleishmann)

A few paid staffers for U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann helped the incumbent topple his two primary challengers at the Anderson County Republican Party straw poll Tuesday night, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
Fleischmann spokesman Jordan Powell confirmed that field representative Arch Trimble IV and caseworker Adria Tutton attended the straw poll, proved 3rd Congressional District residence and paid the required $5 fee to vote, along with “a few others who went on their own time.”
“There were staffers that went after work to support Chuck, but there were a lot of [other] people at that straw poll that voted for Chuck,” Powell said.
According to the Anderson County party website, Fleischmann won 65 percent of the vote, Jean Howard-Hill received 28 percent and Weston Wamp took home 7 percent.
But exact figures were unavailable. Anderson County Republican Party Chairman Alex Moseley estimated a crowd of 150 voted in a variety of races. He said “about 60 percent” were allowed to choose a House candidate after proving they lived in the 3rd Congressional District.
…Fleischmann’s camp stressed that Howard-Hill and Wamp appeared at the straw poll, brought staff and made 10-minute speeches, facts the Times Free Press confirmed.
The congressman did not attend — he was in Washington — and while staff was present, no one made a speech on his behalf. It’s unclear whether Fleischmann’s campaign workers lobbied on behalf of their boss.
Wamp, the 24-year-old son of eight-term U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, said he brought his sister, one paid staffer and a campaign volunteer, adding that all four declined to vote. He called the $5 fee “a modern-day poll tax.” Moseley said the money paid for renting the event’s location.
“In my life I’ve seen all the political games there are,” Wamp said. “In this campaign, I’m going to choose not to play the political games. We’re not going to buy straw poll victories.”

Perry Leads in Rutherford GOP Straw Poll

The plurality of Rutherford County Republicans participating in a presidential straw poll Saturday night favored Texas Gov. Rick Perry by 29.4 percent to be the next president, reports the Daily News Journal.
Perry had 96 votes from those attending GOP state Rep. Joe Carr’sannual T-Bones & Politics fund raising event at the Messick family farm in the Lascassas community northeast of Murfreesboro.
….Businessman Herman Cain and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts tied for second with 68 votes each, which was 20.9 percent each out of 326 ballots. Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was fourth with 32 votes, which was 9.8 percent. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota was fifth with 24 votes, which was 7.4 percent.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas was sixth with 21 votes, which was 6.4 percent. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania was seventh with 13 votes, which was about 4 percent. Former Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah had three votes, which was just under 1 percent. One other vote was listed as uncertain.