Rep. Kent Williams (R-Elizabethton) is supporting Ron Leadbetter in the Republican primary against Rep. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) with a check and quotation that appeared in a Leadbetter mailer, according to Tom Humphrey. There's been plenty of name-calling back and forth (in print and online, at least) between Williams and Campfield. Campfield attacks the conservative credentials of Williams, while Williams considers Campfield's legislative moves juvenile.
Rep. Campfield believes that the support of Williams for Leadbetter will actually help him:
"It just shows you who the conservative is in this race and who is going to support conservative ideals," said Campfield in an interview.
Ron Leadbetter isn't having any of that, though:
"Stacey and I don't have any major differences on big issues," Leadbetter said, but "the way we deal with people is dramatically different."
Leadbetter's website, which is basically a resume and a donation portal, doesn't mention his opponents in the race. Rep. Campfield's blog discusses the article and the controversy.