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Mayfield warns he may be target of negative ads

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KINGSTON, TN (Times Free Press) -- Scottie Mayfield told supporters to expect "false/negative" television advertising from his Republican primary opponents in the coming weeks, but 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.

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