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Thursday, July 17, 2014

This election cycle has really been amusing to me. My bet is that the Chuck Fleischmann camp will go really negative any day now. They have no choice. I bet they even get Chip Saltsman to spin a few lies like he did in the first two campaigns. I think the spin against Robin Smith came back to bite him on the fanny but it was too late and that lie, plus Chuck’s $650,000 loan to his own campaign, helped put him in office.

I’ll bet he even pays more big bucks again to get former Governor Mike Huckabee to talk about what pals they are even though Huckabee could not have picked Chuck out of a lineup.

Money does talk. He's a deal maker for himself and not the good folks he was elected to represent. I know; he’s been good to his father. That is a good thing, but I want to be represented.

He didn’t even come home for a photo-op for the VW deal. Could it be because the last time he was home he made the mistake of debating Weston Wamp and returned to DC with a clean clock.  Anyone who saw the debate knows that the more knowledgeable Weston cleaned Chuck’s clock to a point that Chuck got frustrated and turned mean-spirited.

The news today, put out by Chuck's finance manager Tom Decosimo, reports that Chuck has $275,000 more cash on hand than Weston. Mr. Decosimo, I don’t expect an answer because I’ve tried in several responses to get one, is this more money that Chuck has loaned himself or is this holdover money from other campaigns? IHe is a do-nothing Congressman when it comes to representing the Third District, but I believe we have had enough and things are about to change.

Remember the movie “Network”? Well, I’m mad and I’m going to do something about it.  A great line that I believe will be repeated time and time again by the voters who want representation. I know I’ll go vote for Weston Wamp, will you?

J. Pat Williams, and I approve this message. 

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Mr. Williams, I have read a lot of silly views and even some thoughtful things on this website, but your letter easily takes the cake for being the most uninformed and plain hateful submission this cycle. Nothing you have said has any substance or proof, and the fact that it was even allowed to be posted is questionable. 

Let us start with your question as to whether Chuck loaned himself more money. A simple skim through the multiple news articles or a search on the Federal Election Commission website would have given you the plain answer of “no.” But why do any research when you can ask a question purely intended to hurt Chuck. At least Congressman Fleischmann put in his own money his first election, rather than relying on his dad’s contacts and business partners to fund his perennial runs for Congress. It comes as no surprise to me that Weston Wamp is so desperate to get elected that he has resorted to possibly illegal corporate donations and back room deals. 

The best part of your entire letter though, is that directly before you criticize him for not coming back for the Volkswagen event, you said “I want to be represented.” That is exactly what Chuck was doing, voting in the House of Representatives and fighting for us rather than getting a politically expedient photo-op. Just like the young man you support, you seem to let a good story get in the way of the facts. Its time to grow up , Pat Williams, and have adult conversations about the issues. 

Full disclosure, I know Chuck and I have been helped by his office as have my friends with veteran’s issues. This is a congressman who will take my call and sit and listen to me. It means something to me that when a vote effecting veterans comes up, Chuck calls me and my fellow veterans for advice and second opinions. You are right, we need representation in Washington, and I am proud to say I believe Chuck Fleischmann is one of the few Members of Congress who is there for me… and yes even you.  

Vance H. Fry
Rear Admiral, Navy (Ret)
Harrison 


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