TNGOP political director’s wife quits some consulting contracts

Citing “false allegations” that had become a distraction, the head of a Tennessee Republican consulting firm said Monday she has ended two contracts that recently attracted the ire of more than two dozen state GOP lawmakers, reports The Tennessean.

But that’s not enough for Rep. Judd Matheny, who still wants Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Ryan Haynes to “clean house” and fire Walker Ferrell, party political director, and end all contracts with his wife, Taylor Ferrell.

In an email Monday, Taylor Ferrell said she had ended two contracts after calls from Matheny and others about alleged inappropriate conduct.

“Due to some wrong information and false allegations, I decided to withdraw my contracts with two clients where distractions were increasing. It is of the utmost importance that our firm protect our clients and that is why I made this decision,” Taylor Ferrell said in an email Monday.

Taylor Ferrell, head of Southland Advantage, didn’t say in an email Monday which contracts she had ended. The move comes after Matheny and 26 other GOP lawmakers signed a letter asking Haynes to to fire Walker and Taylor Ferrell. The couple allegedly skirted party bylaws with Taylor Ferrell helping GOP candidates challenging Republican incumbents.

On Monday, Matheny said he sent another letter to Haynes. In this letter, he says he recently received a text message from Haynes on Monday morning in which the party chairman says he “got Taylor to stop working with your opponent.” Matheny, R-Tullahoma, faces a contested primary in August.

“We both know that your response to the very serious issues raised in the original letter signed by myself and other legislators is, at best, a benign bandaid that continues to let the artery bleed out,” Matheny says in the letter.

Note: Besides Mathney’s primary challenger, Ferrell had also contracted to represent the primary challenger of Rep. Courtney Rogers, R-Goodlettsville. She also has a contract with the state party for handling logistics for the Tennessee delegation to the Republican National Convention at Cleveland in July and with Sen. Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville), who has no primary challenge but faces a Democratic challenge in November. Other clients include Michael Curcio, seeking the House seat being vacated by Rep. David Shepard (D-Dickson), and Grant Starrett, who is running against U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the 4th Congressional District Republican primary.

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