Weston Wamp, son of former Republican congressman and gubernatorial candidate Zach Wamp, has been informing key individuals in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District that he will shortly announce that he is a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress. NashvillePost.com reported in June that he was considering a run.
Wamp, a 2009 graduate of the University of Tennessee, will vie for a seat currently held by freshman Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischmann. Zach Wamp represented the district from 1995 until early this year.
According to several sources, the ex-congressman has been calling his former campaign donors asking for financial support for the past several months and has taken Weston Wamp to Washington, D.C., in the hopes of signing on a big-name political consultant. After leaving the U.S. Congress, Zach Wamp has opened up a general consulting firm that "specializes in energy, defense/security, transportation and workforce development/technology transfer," according to his website.
Weston Wamp, meanwhile, runs a firm out of Chattanooga he calls Wamp Strategy. That venture was founded late last year and focuses on public relations and marketing through the use of social media. The company website claims, "Weston got started young — handing out business cards and political advice at around age five. He hasn’t slowed down much and now (with 19 years of strategic experience under his belt) Weston is making a mark on his hometown."
Prior to starting the company, Weston worked on his father’s gubernatorial campaign as an employee of the public relations firm Akins/Crisp. That firm and its ties to Wamp's political career were the subject of much debate during the campaign.
Opening a PR shop that focuses on social media may not have been Weston Wamp's first career choice. NashvillePost.com has confirmed that since Zach Wamp left U.S. Congress, he approached multiple members of Tennessee's congressional delegation seeking employment for his son and was rebuffed by those members.
Sources also have confirmed that Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner is scheduled to appear later this year at a fundraiser for Fleischmann, despite knowing the son of his former colleague was considering a run.