George Flinn considering run for 8th Congressional District seat vacated by Tanner

Shelby County Commissioner George Flinn appears to be interested in making a run for the GOP nomination for the 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by retiring longtime Democratic Rep. John Tanner. The Memphis radiologist and broadcast entrepreneur issued a statement that said he and his family are "praying on this important decision":

"In the days since Congressman Tanner's announcement, many people from across the district have encouraged me to run for the seat.

I am deeply troubled by the direction the liberals in Congress are taking our nation ­ runaway spending and taxing, as well as a stunning increase in the size of government, threaten our future prosperity and our freedoms.

My family and I are praying on this important decision. Let me make one thing clear, I will be a part of a campaign to take back America and make sure our conservative values are no longer ignored, whether I do it as a candidate or in another role."


Flinn would have his hands full in the race for the GOP nomination. Stephen Fincher, a little-known farmer and singing preacher, has wowed the national party with his fundraising prowess. According to the Congressional Quarterly:

On Thursday, the NRCC announced that Fincher had impressed the committee enough with his early campaign efforts to be bumped up to the next rung of its "Young Guns" campaign support program.

Young Guns is a fundraising and infrastructure system that was created last cycle that ranks candidates on three tiers: "On the Radar," "Contender" and "Young Guns."

No candidate has yet achieved the program's highest ranking, and only Fincher only nine other Republican recruits have achieved Contender status.


Nonetheless, GOP candidates continue to enter the fray, hoping that an intensive primary could blunt Fincher's financial advantage.

CQ also touches on some of Flinn's perceived advantages and disadvantages were he to run:

Flinn, who in addition to his medical practice owns several radio stations and a television station in the Memphis area, is viewed as someone who could amass the political and financial resources to compete in the primary. But GOP insiders suggest Flinn's Memphis base would be a disadvantage in the mostly rural 8th district, which spans more than 8,500 square miles across 19 counties.

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