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Wamp responds to Mayfield's secret recording allegations

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Weston Wamp (left) and Scottie Mayfield. Times Free Press photo Weston Wamp (left) and Scottie Mayfield. Times Free Press photo

The pre-election war of words continues between two of the candidates in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District race. The primary election is months away, set for August 7.

Weston Wamp emailed a statement Friday afternoon in response to the allegations made by Scottie Mayfield.

Mayfield serves as the honorary chair of U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's re-election campaign and ran unsuccessfully against both Wamp and Fleischmann in 2012.

READ MORE | Scottie Mayfield says Wamp secretly recorded him at home

Wamp's statement in its entirety is below:

"I had a private, respectful conversation with Scottie Mayfield. As I told Scottie, I turned on my iPhone recorder for my own protection as anyone would who is running against a dishonest Congressman who has already been sued for defamation of character.  I was concerned and still am concerned that Mr. Mayfield may have been a victim of the lies, threats and misinformation that has been spread from Congressman Fleischmann, and his cronies, since I entered the race in January."

"Scottie Mayfield says he thought the conversation was private and it was, until he made it public today. I intended to keep it private; you will have to ask him why he chose to make it public".

"This latest episode is typical of Congressman Fleischmann's desperate tactics. The latest of which include the Congressman intimidating, harassing and threatening donors to my campaign for not supporting him. We have received reports that Congressman Fleischmann has threatened to "blacklist" donors and not help them in his official capacity unless they support him in his reelection campaign. This, of course, is against federal law."

"It's unfortunate that while I am in Scott County trying to work with people to make their lives better, Congressman Fleischmann is focused on nasty politics again. This is what people all over the district tell me they are sick and tired off from politicians."

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