Matheny Wants GOP Leader Fired

Tullahoma Republican State Representative Judd Matheny says he wants a high ranking state party official to be fired because the man’s wife heads a consulting firm that has targeted Republican incumbents, including himself, with August primary opposition. Matheny and 26 other Republican House members are calling for the ouster of Walker Ferrell, the state party’s political director. The Tennessean reports that Walker’s wife, Taylor Ferrell, heads a consulting firm that is working with candidates challenging the primary re-election of several Republican incumbents. Matheny is one of those being challenged by two primary candidates. Matheny says the state party is destroying trust between candidates, incumbents and the party apparatus by allowing family members of party officials to work to defeat incumbent lawmakers. Party Executive Director Brent Leatherwood says Walker Ferrell will remain on the job, and is not involved in any primary races.

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