Multi-talented George S. Flinn is a radio group owner, a medical doctor, and a commissioner in Shelby County, Tennessee. And we can add potential candidate for the US House seat for Tennessee’s 8th District, which is being abandoned by John Tanner (D-TN). Flinn has filed to enter the primaries on the Republican side.
This is one of the House vacancies left by a Democrat that is considered ripe for takeover by the Republican Party.
Stephen Fincher and Ronald Kirkland are said to be candidates in the Republican primary, with Democrat Roy Herron and independent Donn Janes also in the mix. Herron is a state senator.
A fourth Republican, John Farmer, is said by the Commercial Appeal to have dropped out of the race to support Flinn’s candidacy.
Flinn has been a frequent bidder for new radio CPs, and is no stranger to wheeling and dealing licenses. His group, Flinn Broadcasting, operates stations scattered all over the nation, using a wide variety of format, including from the K-LOVE Contemporary Christian network, Hispanic programming, Gospel, AAA and many other mainstream format options. For a look at the group, head to Flinn’s website here: http://www.flinn.com
RBR-TVBR observation: Fincher has national party backing, and is moving up the ranks in the NRCC’s Young Guns program. He also handily won a recent straw poll held by a local Republican organization, with Flinn coming in a distant third. It would appear that Flinn’s road is uphill at this point.