Mayfield apologizes after son admits slashing tire

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Congressional candidate Scottie Mayfield has issued an apology after his son admitted to slashing a tire that belonged to an employee of his opponent, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann.

The tire-slashing episode took place at a Mayfield campaign event. Officials told The Chattanooga Times Free Press that police charged Mayfield's son, 33-year-old Michael Mayfield, on Thursday with vandalism after he confessed. Mayfield's campaign originally denied having anything to do with the incident.

The apology was issued on the day Mayfield's son was charged.

Fleischmann's campaign spokesman, Jordan Powell, dismissed the apology as "politically motivated."

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