Thursday, January 28, 2010

Flinn Ready to Announce 8th District Congressional Race

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 11:44 PM

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Any doubt that Shelby County Commissioner George Flinn intends to run for Congress in the 8th District this year virtually disappeared Thursday. Asked about fresh reports that he had already committed to the race, radiologist/radio magnate Flinn, a Republican, issued this statement:

"We'll be making an announcement about the race shortly. But let me be clear: this country is heading in the wrong direction, and I am going to be part of the solution. I am going to be part of a campaign to stop Nancy Pelosi's war on our economy and our conservative values. I will not sit by and watch the liberals shatter the American Dream and destroy our liberties, which so many people have worn the uniform to defend."

Flinn’s pending entrance into the race leaves Tom Guleff as the only announced Republican candidate for Shelby County mayor, and it may result also in a change of race by John Farmer, a local activist and blogger (“Blue Collar Republican”) who had previously declared his intentions to run in the 8th District.

The 8th District race became open late last year when longtime Democratic incumbent John Tanner announced he would not seek reelection.

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