Wilson County Republicans push firing of TNGOP chairman, two other party officials

Wilson County Republicans Monday approved a resolution calls for the executive committee of the Tennessee Republican Party to consider holding a special session in an effort to fire Tennessee GOP Chairman Ryan Haynes and two other state party officials, reports The Tennessean.

In the resolution, the 11-member Wilson County Republican Executive Committee called for the termination of Haynes; Brent Leatherwood, the state party’s executive director; and Walker Ferrell, the party’s political director. The vote was based on the state party leaders’ decisions surrounding a political consulting firm, led by Ferrell’s wife, that was working with candidates challenging GOP incumbents in this year’s primary.

The move comes one month after 27 House Republicans called for Ferrell to be fired after it was revealed that his wife, Taylor Ferrell, the founder of Southland Advantage, a Hendersonville-based political consulting firm, had been working for two challengers of incumbent Republicans.

…Days after the letter was sent to Haynes, Taylor Ferrell said she ended her contracts with two clients but said the accusations against her were false and based on “wrong information.” Leatherwood also pointed to several lawmakers who had originally signed the letter but walked back their opposition to the Ferrells.

Despite Taylor Ferrell’s decision, Wilson County Republicans decided to pass the resolution Monday morning, noting that Taylor Ferrell “offered her services” to Republicans running against U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, state Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, and state Rep. Courtney Rogers, R-Goodlettsville.

According to the resolution, Haynes and Leatherwood “chose to do nothing to correct this injustice against Elected Republicans.”

“Therefore, as the Executive Committee of the Wilson County Republican Party, we immediately demand that the State Executive Committee call a special session to consider the immediate termination of Ryan Haynes as Chairman, Brent Leatherwood as Executive Director, Walker Ferrell as Political Director and to terminate all contracts with Taylor Ferrell and to issue public apologies on behalf of the Tennessee Republican Party to all Republican Incumbents affected by their actions,” the resolution states.

“We want them all fired because it destroys faith in the process,” Jeff Hartline, vice-secretary of the Wilson County Republican Party Executive Committee, said on Monday.

The process he was referring to is a provision in the state GOP bylaws that prohibits the Wilson County Republican Party and similar entities throughout the state from being involved in primary elections.

Note: See also a news release from Jeff Hartline, GOP operative serving on the Wilson County executive committee, as reported on the Disgruntled Republican blog.