Zelenik, Black prepare for another tough election - WSMV Channel 4

Zelenik, Black prepare for another tough election

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Theirs was one of the most contentious congressional election contests in 2010, and some of the biting attack ads from both campaigns even resulted in a series of lawsuits.

Now, the lawsuits have just been settled, and U.S. Rep. Diane Black and Lou Ann Zelenik are set to square off again in the redrawn 6th House District.

"Our sixth district is still the sixth district. As a part of that race, it was a privilege to meet so many amazing people and to understand where their heart is, to bring real representation back to Tennessee. That's where my heart is," Zelenik said.

Channel 4 also contacted Diane Black's campaign. A spokesperson says the Black campaign believes the 2012 election will be different than that 2010 race.

"The people of Middle Tennessee want a conservative in Washington fighting for what they believe in and fighting to change the way Washington does business. And that's what Diane's done," said Brad Todd, senior strategist for U.S. Rep. Diane Black.

But, Zelenik says the country is in a different place now than it was two years ago when things got so ugly.

"They're tired of all the pointing of fingers," Zelenik said. "Our country is in serious trouble. We have 61 percent of our debt being bought up and propped up by the Federal Reserve, and then we have politicians pointing fingers."

Todd says Rep. Black is ready for another tough election fight.

"Diane has a great record and she's very popular in the district. But she only runs campaigns one way, and that's hard," Todd said.

Black's campaign also says they performed a hypothetical survey of 400 likely GOP primary voters. They say it showed Black leading Zelenik 66 percent to 9 percent.

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