Weston Wamp, son of former Tennessee Republican Congressman Zach Wamp, is running for mayor of Hamilton County, and he said Monday he is not his father concerning the latter’s views on former U.S. President Donald Trump.
This, after The Tennessee Star asked Weston Wamp one question about his father and another question concerning Trump.
The Star first asked Weston Wamp whether he will publicly denounce his father’s recent letter supporting Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY At-large District) and Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) for their work investigating the events of January 6, 2021.
“I am not my father, and I had nothing to do with the letter,” Wamp said, without elaborating.
The Star then asked Weston Wamp whether he worries Trump will endorse one of Wamp’s opponents in the Hamilton County primary.
“No, because I am the most conservative candidate running for Hamilton County mayor,” Wamp said.
Zach Wamp – who served in the House of Representatives for eight terms from 1995-2011 – advises a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, Issue One, that, according to its website, “unites Republicans, Democrats, and independents in the movement to fix our broken political system.”
The elder Wamp serves on the council alongside former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, former U.S. Senate majority leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist, former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, and former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele.
Former congress member Wamp and other Issue One members last month urged more members of the GOP to assist with the January 6 committee’s work. Zach Wamp and the letter’s other co-signers described the people who came to the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 as “a violent mob” who did “lasting damage to our democratic norms and institutions.”
Issue One’s website lists Weston Wamp as a consultant and senior political strategist for the nonprofit.
Weston Wamp’s website says he leads a national nonprofit that fights wasteful government spending. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee appointed Weston Wamp to the Tennessee Board of Regents, which governs the state’s 40 community and technical colleges.
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Weston Wamp” by Weston Wamp. Background Photo “January 6” by Tyler Merbler. CC BY 2.0.