GOP candidates' campaigning draws questions

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- One 3rd District Republican congressional challenger has been asked to leave a commercial mall and questions are being raised after another was a guest at a city reception.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Weston Wamp campaigned during four days this month at Northgate Mall, where an early voting poll is located. Mall owner CBL & Associates Properties heard complaints and asked the Hamilton County Election Commission to intervene. The commission asked Wamp to leave and he did.

East Ridge City Council member Jim Bethune said a July 13 reception at City Hall for Scottie Mayfield "just looks bad."

City Manager Tim Gobble said it wasn't an endorsement of Mayfield's bid to take the party nomination from incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann. About $80 were spent on refreshments.


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