Nick Beadle of the Jackson Sun is on the case with more:
Last week I wrote that a Memphis-area Tea Party group was complaining that Republican Stephen Fincher had not returned their calls about a debate in Bartlett but Democrat Roy Herron was talking with them about participating in the event.
According to an e-mail I got from the Mid-South Tea Party today, neither Herron nor Fincher will be taking part in Thursday’s event as of now.
As Nick notes, no surprise why Herron would duck this, but Fincher? Hasn’t he been Mr. Tea Party? Oh, wait, could it be THIS?
The Mid-South Tea Party was one of the first on the right to criticize Fincher for campaigning on a spending-slashing platform while accepting farm subsidies that total more than $3.2 million, according to the nonprofit Environmental Working Group.
Fincher has disputed that amount — though EWG says their totals came straight from the U.S. Department of Agriculture — and said that while he disagrees with the current farming system, he has had to accept federal dollars for his farm to survive.
Fincher’s campaign senior adviser, Matt McCullough, gave this statement to Beadle regarding the ducking of the Tea Partiers:
Stephen is working tirelessly to share his common sense, conservative vision with Tennesseans from across the Eighth District. Voters will have ample opportunities to hear the views of the Republican candidates. In fact, we look forward to participating in three forums in the next three weeks, and we’re considering other opportunities as Stephen’s schedule permits moving forward.
Heh, looks like the gospel-singing farmer got some ‘splainin’ to do, if you ask me!