Wednesday, June 30, 2010

TN-08: Pete Sessions takes sides in GOP primary

From Hotline on Call
The NRCC raised eyebrows on Monday by taking sides in a contested primary, elevating one contender to the highest level of its recruiting program while leaving 2 other well-funded challengers behind.
Stephen Fincher (R), a farmer and gospel singer who bolted to a fast fundraising start, has been named a "Young Gun," the top tier of the NRCC's recruiting ladder. Top GOP leaders in DC have been impressed with Fincher's abilities and his story since the moment he entered the race for Rep. John Tanner's (D-TN) seat....

...But the Young Guns designation could prove more troublesome than valuable for Fincher. Kirkland manager Leatherwood blasted NRCC chair Pete Sessions for supporting Fincher.

"The same Pete Sessions who voted for TARP and then came to Tennessee to raise money for Mr. Fincher is leading this effort to save Mr. Fincher's embarrassing campaign," Leatherwood said. "Between his false negative attacks, his love of subsidies and his hypocrisy, Mr. Fincher is falling right in line with all the other Washington politicians who have sold us down the river."

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