The first in a series of LiberTea Debates, co-sponsored by the Chattanooga Tea Party and the Hamilton County Campaign for Liberty, was a success, drawing more than 530 people to the event Saturday afternoon, February 28.
This first debate of six Republican candidates vying for the 3rd District seat currently held by Zach Wamp, who is running for Tennessee governor, was hosted by Woodland Park Baptist Church in its spacious facility off Standifer Gap Road. The six candidates, including Tommy Crangle, Chuck Fleischmann, Tim Gobble, Van Irion, Art Rhodes and Robin Smith, sat through 90 minutes of questions submitted by co-moderators Renee LaSalle (WDEF news anchor) and Gregg Juster and made themselves available to speak individually with attendees for another 75 minutes in separate rooms off the main auditorium.
“I was pleased that we had such a nice turnout on one of the few sunny and mild days we’ve had lately,” said Mark West, CTP president. “I couldn’t have been more pleased and we couldn’t have set this up and kept so closely to the schedule without the help of all of the volunteers from the Chattanooga Tea Party, the Hamilton County Campaign for Liberty and the Community Impact Team at Woodland Park Baptist Church. We are looking forward to posting the candidates’ written responses to all the debate questions on our website by March 15.”