Fleischmann endorsed by former opponent Mayfield
Incumbent U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann announced Monday that Scottie Mayfield will be the honorary chairman of his campaign.
Mayfield ran unsuccessfully against Fleischmann for the 3rd District seat in 2012 and is perhaps better known for the dairy that bears his family name.
"Since the election almost two years ago, Chuck has been in contact with me on a few issues that he felt I could have knowledgeable input. He listened and was appreciative of my opinion. I have appreciated his work ethic and think he has done a good job in light of the circumstances in Washington. I believe he is the best man to represent the Third District of Tennessee in Congress," Mayfield said in a news release issued Monday.
Fleischmann will be opposed by the son of former Congressman Zach Wamp, Weston Wamp.
Mayfield's run for the traditionally GOP-held seat was unsuccessful and partially marred by his son admission to slashing the tires of one of Fleischmann's staffers at a campaign event.
Michael Mayfield, 34, received a year of unsupervised probation and paid about $500 in restitution and court costs, according to Bill Reedy, the Roane County, TN, prosecutor in the case.
Local politicos are wondering if the joining of forces between Fleischmann and Mayfield will make for a much tougher campaign for the young Wamp.
Wamp started his campaign earlier this year, and came out swinging at Fleischmann, blaming him for the stalled Chickamauga Lock project.