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VOL. 126 | NO. 236 | Monday, December 05, 2011

Former TN GOP Chief Won't Run for Congress

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CHATTANOOGA (AP) – Former state Republican Party Chairwoman Robin Smith said Friday she won't make another run for Congress next year.

Smith, who narrowly lost the GOP nomination to the 3rd District to eventual winner Chuck Fleischmann last year, told WGOW-AM in Chattanooga that she wants to focus on business opportunities.

"I don't wake up every morning with a desire for revenge," Smith said.

Fleishmann is facing a challenge from 24-year-old Weston Wamp, the son of former U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp. The elder Wamp retired from Congress to make an unsuccessful bid for governor last year.

Smith said she doesn't plan to make an endorsement in the race.

The 3rd District stretches from Chattanooga on the Georgia border north past Oak Ridge before curling east around Knox County and touching the Kentucky border. Redistricting could significantly alter the shape of the district.

"The new district for 2012 will be very favorable for a challenger for this incumbent," Smith said. "It's going to be more concise, it's going to involve most likely just one media market.

"So there were things that were very hard for me to walk away from on a personal emotional level."

Smith didn't rule out making a renewed bid for Congress in 2014.

Information from: WGOW-AM, www.wgow.com/am

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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