It might look like Zach Wamp is dragging country music star John Rich around, using a celebrity to bolster the campaign. But the fact is, Rich put Wamp through a vigorous test — what might be called his own political boot camp — to see if the congressman from Chattanooga was up to Rich’s expectations. Wamp passed with flying colors, and now it often seems the two are publicly inseparable.
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Tasked with conducting the Tennessee Senate’s daily political business to the general satisfaction of his legislative colleagues, the press and the public, the Blountville Republican must also invest the energy necessary to get his name and message out where likely GOP primary voters are.
Candidates at a forum in Brentwood Thursday focused on creating jobs while shrinking and redesigning state government. “Grow the economy and state revenues will grow with it” was the general sentiment voiced by all four Republicans.
The Volunteer State’s 3rd Congressional District representative says he’s not criticizing the Knoxville mayor’s family-business success. Wamp just wants “full disclosure” of Haslam’s financial ties to Pilot Corp. For Haslam, Tennessee’s 2010 GOP primary feels thus far like he’s “running against a bunch of California liberals attacking capitalism.”