Now, they have removed three Trump-supporting Congressional candidates from the primary ballot in Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District.
The Executive Committee offered no public explanation for its decision and has refused requests for comment.
“The Tennessee GOP has voted to remove three candidates who were vying for a seat representing the state’s 5th Congressional District.
Republicans voted to boot Morgan Ortagus, Robby Starbuck, and Baxter Lee from the primary ballot, Tennessee Republican Chairman Scott Golden told news outlets.
Golden and the party did not respond to requests for more information.
Ortagus, a State Department spokeswoman during the Trump administration, was recently endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
Starbuck, a filmmaker who used to live in California, has promoted Trump policies such as strong border enforcement.
The vote came after state lawmakers passed legislation that requires congressional candidates to have voted in three previous statewide general elections.
But Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican, returned the legislation to lawmakers without his signature.
The legislation will still become law but it will not apply to the 2022 election, the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office told news outlets.”
Starbuck posted a message on Facebook pushing back against his removal from the ballot. “The corruption will be exposed. The fight has only just begun. We can’t let RINO’s (Republican in name only) destroy our party.”