Time For A Real Leader In Washington - And Response

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Congressman Chuck, thank you so much for speaking up after the fact on the VA scandal. “I have seen firsthand the inefficiencies within the system through my experiences with my father," your words. The shame is that I believe you, but I question why you didn’t speak out until after the scandal is weeks old and the head of the VA has resigned. Your “thank you” for his service makes me believe you are not willing to be a leader and have him held accountable for the atrocities that have take place.

Chuck is really a nice guy but we have got to have a Congressman in Washington who is a real leader. Time and time again Chuck proves that he is not that person.  I believe we deserve better and I believe Weston Wamp is the right choice for Tennessee’s third district.

J. Pat Williams 

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Vance H. Fry of Harrison wrote in Sunday TimesFreePress edition thanking Chuck for his four years of providing services to veterans and commenting on how Chuck was instrumental in establishing three VA clinics in McMinn, Roane and Campbell counties. Mr. Fry also thanks Chuck for his faithful visits to 3rd District veterans who have lost multiple limbs and are recuperating at Walter Reed and Bethesda hospitals.  

This past week there were two unsolicited letters to the TimeFreePress from members of the Magnolia Chapter of Gold Star Wives who have lost husbands from war. Last Sunday Barbara Jones Glaze wrote in one of those letters thanking Chuck for the establishment of three new VA clinics. She states “Congressman Fleischmann has been involved in the needs of our group (Gold Star Wives) since before he was an elected official.” The second letter, sent on Wednesday of this week, was from Flora Kernea of Rossville. Ms. Kernea thanks Chuck for caring for veterans and she states, “As for Congressman Fleischmann, he was interested in our well-being before becoming a member of Congress. The congressman’s service is greatly appreciated.”  

Little has also been made of the quiet way Chuck honored his father, a veteran from the WWII. Chuck moved his father to Chattanooga so he could care for him in his later years and to allow his father the opportunity to be a meaningful part of his three son’s lives.  

Mr. Williams, your vitriolic comments toward Congressman Chuck Fleischmann do not square up with Ms. Glaze and Ms. Kernea, Gold Star Wives who have experienced firsthand Chuck’s dedication to our veterans. 

Tom Decosimo

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