Tennessee GOP Removes Trump-Backed Candidate from Ballot
The Tennessee GOP has removed a Trump-endorsed candidate from the ballot in the state’s upcoming primary, indicating a rift between the former President Donald Trump and the state’s Republican leaders.
The party’s State Executive Committee voted to bar Morgan Ortagus, who previously served as a State Department spokesperson during the Trump administration, and two others from the primary, finding that they weren’t “bona fide” Republicans, as defined by the party’s bylaws.
Ortagus said she was “deeply disappointed” by the decision.
“I’m a bonafide Republican by their standards, and frankly, by any metric. I’m further disappointed that the party insiders at the Tennessee Republican Party do not seem to share my commitment to President Trump’s America First policies,” Ortagus said.
“As I have said all along, I believe that voters in Middle Tennessee should pick their representative – not establishment party insiders. Our team is evaluating the options before us.”