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You've got to admire Zach Wamp. He's a really devious guy. Everyone knows either Wamp or Ron Ramsey needs to drop out of the Republican governor's primary or they'll split the social conservative vote and Bill Haslam will win. Ever since the campaign began, there's been scuttlebutt that one or the other won't stick it out. It's bad for fund-raising.
So what does Wamp do? He's talking to reporters as if Ramsey's the one who might quit, which produced this helpful little nugget today in the Memphis Flyer:
Wamp also indulged in some speculation about possible future-tense dropouts from the Republican gubernatorial field by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and District Attorney General Bill Gibbons of Memphis. He himself vowed to stay in "whether Ramsey stays in and whether Gibbons stays in" or whether the GOP primary is "a two-man race, a three-man race, or four-man race."
Wamp went on to assail Haslam as a rich guy. It's an odd line of attack for a Republican, but whatever works:
As for presumed Republican frontrunner Bill Haslam, the mayor of Knoxville, Wamp said the "question of the race for October" that he got from people on the stump was, 'We know you would make the best governor, but what about Haslam's money?'" Wamp concluded about the Haslam campaign, "If that's all they have after ten months of campaigning, that's an empty suit."
More on Haslam: "His money's going to give him some name recognition, but there's not much to connect the money to." As for Haslam's door-to-door campaigning in Bartlett last month, Wamp was scornful: "That's a Tom Ingram stunt. It's trying to make a rich guy look like a regular person."