Two candidates for the Republican nomination for governor traded jabs over a state income tax during campaign stops in Middle Tennessee Wednesday.
Chattanooga Congressman Zach Wamp shook hands with voters at a meat-and-three in Brentwood around lunchtime.
“Hello, ladies. Hi ya’ll, Zach Wamp.”
Wamp also ripped into his rivals for the GOP nomination, saying Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam could revive a possible state income tax.
“We gotta reduce government, not grow government. Don’t turn around and say ‘I’m sorry, it’s worse than I thought it was’ like he did in Knoxville, ‘we’re gonna have to consider this.’ That will not happen when I’m governor.”
Just up the road at a lunch spot in Nashville, Haslam was arguing that exact point.
“I’m not for an income tax, never have been, never will be. Zach just kinda keeps bringing this up as yesterday’s news, and it’s not even yesterday’s news because it was never true to begin with. I’m 100 percent promising you – no way, period.”
Meanwhile the third GOP candidate, state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, was in northeast Tennessee. Ramsey’s campaign says Haslam is against the income tax because it’s unpopular, while Ramsey sees it as bad policy.