Fleischmann Says He Is "A Huckabee Man"

Monday, April 18, 2011

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said he does not know if former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee plans to run for President, but he said if he does "I'm a Huckabee man."

He noted that Governor Huckabee, who now has a Fox TV show, came to the 3rd District twice to campaign for him when he was in a tough race with 10 other GOP contenders.

Rep. Fleischmann said he has not spoken with Governor Huckabee about whether or not he will seek the presidency in 2012.

The first-term Congressman would not say for sure if he will seek re-election, but he said he plans to "keep working hard" to try to cut federal spending and overturn "Obamacare."

He said during an interview about his first 100 days in office, "I love my job."

The Chattanooga attorney said one of the biggest surprises for him upon arriving in Washington was "finding out the sheer magnitude of the federal debt." He said, "Unless we deal with this now, we will have problems for generations to come."

Noting he will be for the GOP nominee in 2012, he said, "We've got to have a change in the White House."

He said Republicans also need to work on "getting more Republicans elected to the Senate."

Like his predecessor, Zach Wamp, he said he enjoys giving 3rd District visitors tours of the Capitol.

He said, "The best time to give a tour is around 9 or 10 o'clock in the evening when it is not so crowded."

He said he has listened as fellow members of Congress have led their own tours and picked up some interesting historical tidbits.

Rep. Fleischmann said when he was starting his own business - a small law firm - he had little capital. But he said he did not take out a loan or get any federal money.

He said it was slow going at first. He said, "We took in $50 our first month. Our copy machine, we had to lift the lid every time we made a copy."


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