On Maturity: Wamp Vs. Fleischmann

Thursday, July 3, 2014

With much fanfare, our current Congressman, Chuck Fleischmann, has sought to distinguish himself from his Republican Party primary challenger, Weston Wamp, by citing his "maturity" as opposed to Weston Wamp's perceived youth and inexperience. If Congressman Fleischmann's debate performance last night is any indicator of his so-called "maturity," we can lay that question to rest forever.

Last night, Congressman Fleischmann treated the voters of the Third District to nothing more than a 60 minute temper tantrum, better suited to a toddler than someone whose desire is to occupy the halls of Congress. The gist of his self-proclaimed bona fides seems to be: For the past four years that I've been in Washington, I've stamped my feet and yelled at everybody. Please send me back so I can do it some more.

This is not governance, and it's as sure as death and taxes not a sign of maturity. The citizens of the Third District deserve better. It's time for a change. Weston Wamp.

Brandon Baines
Signal Mountain


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