A Trump-approved domestic candidate in Tennessee was expelled from the Republican primary because she did not meet residency requirements.
Tennessee reported that Trump approved Morgan Ortagus who got the boot:
Ortagus, a former State Department spokesperson who got first approval from former President Donald Trump, called the removal “deeply disappointing.”
“I’m a bona fide Republican by their standards and, frankly, by any metric,” Ortagus said in a statement. “I am further disappointed that Republican Party of Tennessee insiders do not appear to share my commitment to President Trump’s America First policies. As I have always said, I believe that voters in Middle Tennessee should choose their representative, not establishment party insiders. Our team is evaluating options before us. “
Tennessee passed a law in 2019 that sets a three-year residency requirement for applicants, which Ortagus did not meet.
The 2022 election saw a wave of Trump carpet baggers rush into states with which they have little, if any, connection. The highest profile of these is Dr. Oz in Dad. The residency requirement makes sense because if a candidate wants to represent the people of a state, he should be familiar with the residents and problems of that state / district / municipality.
Even in Tennessee, where support for Donald Trump has been among the strongest in the nation, not even the failed former president’s endorsement for a term could keep one of his candidates in the runoff.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in political science. His undergraduate work has focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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