Tea Party Conservatives “Misunderstood” Says Local Rep

4th District Representative Scott Desharlais says Tea Party Conservatives in the US House are misunderstood by many. Desjarlais, a South Pittsburgh Republican, is the only Tennessee Delegation member of the so-called freedom caucus that rejected house majority leader Kevin McCarthy as the nominee for speaker last week. Desjarlais has voted against Republican House Leadership in the past, and was the only Tennessee house member to vote against current speaker John Boehner, who wants to resign at the end of the month. Desjarlais says the 40 member freedom caucus has been pushed away by current leadership and members have been denied key committee posts. The 4th district includes Franklin, Rutherford, Bedford, Grundy and Warren Counties.

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