According to The Chattanoogan, the Republican primary challenger to incumbent Congressman Zach Wamp of Tennessee’s Congressional District 3, Teresa Sheppard of Luttrell, was mistakenly left off of the Aug. 7 primary ballot in Hamilton County.
The mistake marked the second time in less than a week that it was necessary to reprint some of the ballots.
The total bill for the taxpayers: $33,000. Oh, yes, let’s put the government in charge of health care.
The first error, which required the reprinting of 140,000 ballots, was that the U.S. Senate race did not appear on the ballots.
Zach Wamp, the Republican incumbent, signed the Contract with America in 1994, but has gone way off course in recent years. As a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, Wamp has worked hard to increase pork-barrel politicking for his district. In 2006, he worked to secure a $4 million appropriation for a methamphetamine task force in Tennessee.
Wamp is a term limits pledge breaker, voted to allow electronic surveillance of U.S. citizens without a warrant, and has sided with the Administration on most issues most of the time. Sheppard is a sound alternative in District 3.