Son of former Rep. Wamp to run for dad's Tenn. House seat

The 24-year-old son of former Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) will run for his father's old House seat.

Weston Wamp told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that he will challenge Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), the man who took over the seat when Wamp's father vacated it for an unsuccessful run for governor in 2010.

Although Wamp has not yet reached the 25 years of age required of House members by the Constitution, he will by the time he would be sworn in.

"We cannot afford the government we have," he told the paper. "That's becoming apparent to everyone, but it should be most apparent to people in our generation who are going to have to foot the bill."

Fleischmann has indicated he will run for reelection, setting up an awkward primary between the freshman Republican and the son of his immediate predecessor.

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