Skip to comments.Some Republicans question if TNGOP is targeting conservatives in upcoming primary
Posted on 08/02/2014 9:02:21 AM PDT by don-o
JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) -
First, some members of the Grand Old Party were left off the guest list at the big Republican Party in Jonesborough last Friday night. Now, they're saying their political party is quietly trying to take them out ahead of the upcoming primary.
Some Republicans are accusing the Tennessee GOP of targeting them ahead of next week's election.
An email obtained by News Channel 11 from Republican State Executive Committee member Mark Winslow of Nashville sent to other members Thursday lays out the case. The State Executive Committee is the group that governs the Republican Party.
In the email, Winslow specifically raises concerns about the Strong and Free Tennessee political action committee; a PAC he argues has close ties to some of the higher-ups in the Republican Party, including the chairman of the Tennessee GOP.
"The document raises unsettling questions about our party leadership," Winslow wrote in the email. "The treasurer listed is 'David Lay' of Lawrenceburg. Mr. Lay is actually Blake Lay, the former mayor of Lawrenceburg, friend and ally of Chairman Devaney as well as former Chairman Bob Davis. The witness to the appointment of the treasurer is Troy Brewer. As you know, Mr. Brewer is a long time employee of the Tennessee Republican Party (appearing on our most recent campaign finance disclosure) the former treasurer of Speaker Beth Harwell's PAC, friend of Chairman Devaney as well as Bob Davis and currently a candidate for State Representative."
Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance Executive Director Drew Rawlins confirmed someone previously filed a complaint against the PAC with 18th Judicial District Attorney General Ray Whitley.
"The complaint concerned Strong & Free not (being) registered with the county election commissions," Rawlins said. "My understanding is that they are now registered with the appropriate county election commissions."
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I haven’t dug into this; but it makes me wonder if the debacle in Mississippi put the operators on their guard. Of course, Lamar! has $5 million in his war chest - plenty of walking around money there.
Here's an article from The Tennessean with a little more info. They filed but didn't pay the fee, so they've technically not filed.
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