Weston Wamp, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, has launched an RV tour of East Tennessee’s Third District. The campaign stopped in Oak Ridge on Friday, the fifth day of the tour.
The recreational vehicle—its exterior painted with red, white, and blue campaign slogans, and blue and green mountain vistas—will serve as a rolling campaign headquarters, hotel, and billboard, Wamp said during a Friday morning stop at Roane State Community College.
“I call it our seven-ton commitment to bringing Congress home,” Wamp said. “I hope that it ends up being iconic.”
The RV will make stops at events ranging from baseball games to pancake breakfasts in cities from Athens and Sweetwater in the south to Oneida and Oliver Springs in the north. The campaign will spend three nights a week on the road, generally staying outside of the Chattanooga area, where Wamp lives. The goal is to stay in virtually every incorporated town before the Aug. 7 primary.
“Congress is out of touch,” Wamp said. “I don’t want to be. Accessibility ought to be important. You can’t represent people if you don’t get to them.”
Wamp is running for a second time against the incumbent, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, who is also a Republican. If elected, Wamp, 27, could become the youngest member of Congress. He said he would be the first millennial conservative.
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