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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- After spending a week on damage control amid a pair of video bombshells, GOP congressional hopeful Scottie Mayfield has a chance to set a policy-driven tone at an upcoming Chattanooga Tea Party debate.

Except he's not doing it.

"Candidate Scottie Mayfield was invited and declined to attend," according to a tea party news release.

Chattanooga Tea Party President Mark West found Mayfield's rejection puzzling. "It's interesting that when you get hit with something negative," West said, "you still avoid opportunities to engage with the public and define yourself beyond a blank sheet of paper on the issues."

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After spending a week on damage control amid a pair of video bombshells, GOP congressional hopeful Scottie Mayfield has a chance to set a policy-driven tone at an upcoming Chattanooga Tea Party debate.

Except he's not doing it.

"Candidate Scottie Mayfield was invited and declined to attend," according to a tea party news release.

Chattanooga Tea Party President Mark West found Mayfield's rejection "puzzling."

"It's interesting that when you get hit with something negative," West said, "you still avoid opportunities to engage with the public and define yourself beyond a blank sheet of paper on the issues."

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