Tennessee GOP Chairman Reelected Despite Call For More Conservative Leadership

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

Despite calls from Tennessee’s conservative contingent for a change in leadership for the Tennessee GOP, Scott Golden has been reelected to the position of Tennessee Republican Party chairman for another two years.

Our source tells us that Golden was recently reelected to the seat unanimously and unopposed.

The Tennessee Conservative reached out to the TN GOP for information about the chairman election and the election of officers but have not received a response.

Our source also shared the following officials were elected recently:

Charlotte Kelley (Vice Chairman)

Shannon Haynes (Treasurer)

Beth Scott Clayton Amos (Vice Treasurer)

Scott Smith (Secretary)

Tennessee GOP leadership has been criticized for not holding party members accountable to the Republican party platform especially when it comes to illegal immigration.

During the last session of the Tennesseee General Assembly, the Republican-led legislature shot down practically every bill that would have helped cut off the illegal immigration magnets into the Volunteer state.

The majority of these bills are outlined in The Tennessee Conservative’s RINO Report.  Download HERE.

The first immigration bill for the 113th General Assembly going into session in January 2023 is by Republican Representative Dale Carr (HB0004).  Carr’s legislation has the apparent aim of making it easier for employers to replace lower-income earners with foreign labor.

However, there has been no public condemnation by the TN GOP against any of the elected Republican officials who have sponsored and/or voted for legislation promoting illegal immigration into the state.

The TN GOP has also been guilty of disqualifying Conservative Republican candidates by disregarding or redefining party bylaws.

One such example is lifelong Conservative Republican Mark Pulliam who ran for the State Executive Committee (SEC) in Tennessee’ 2nd Senatorial district and won in the primary.

But, during a SEC meeting on September 7th, the SEC voted to invalidate his election, thereby disenfranchising Blount and Polk county voters.

During the August 4th election, District 2 SEC write-in candidate Mark Pulliam won the seat with 300 votes in Blount County, and 2 votes in Polk County.  However, since there wasn’t an opposing candidate for the position on the roster, Pulliam could have won with a single vote.

Pulliam won the primary as a write-in candidate, which was an historical anomaly that was apparently not contemplated by the TRP bylaws.

Chairman Scott Golden told Pulliam that his write-in candidacy “does present some issues concerning our Bona Fide requirements.”

Pulliam said, “While I acknowledge that the Tennessee Republican Party has the legal authority to regulate GOP primary elections, nullifying an election after the fact—when the results have already been certified by the Tennessee Secretary of State–is a drastic measure that should be taken only under extraordinary circumstances. My write-in election–for an unpaid, volunteer position that no one else wanted—is not such a circumstance, and the grounds for doing so were dubious at best. The unprecedented ruling of the SEC creates poor optics for the Republican brand. How can the party that stands for “election integrity” be willing to negate the results of a lawful election, after the fact? The disheartening message to grassroots activists in the Volunteer State is “You are not welcome here.” 

According to our source, Republican National Committee (RNC) elections will be held January 25th through the 27th at the Waldorf Astoria in Dana Point, California.

Tennessee RNC Committeewoman Beth Campbell said in social media post, “there is overwhelming support for Leadership change on the RNC.” 

Oscar Brock currently serves as the Tennessee RNC Committeeman representing the Tennessee GOP on the RNC.

Campbell and Brock, along with Tennessee Chairman Golden will all vote in the upcoming RNC 2023 Winter meeting representing three of the 168 votes.

According to a social media post found on the Marshall County TN GOP’s Facebook feed, the three are “listening to the grassroots voters from across the state concerning this upcoming vote on RNC leadership.”

More information about the upcoming RNC meeting here.

About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative  ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com

5 thoughts on “Tennessee GOP Chairman Reelected Despite Call For More Conservative Leadership

  • December 14, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    Of course the elected a Rino. Can’t have a conservative running things. There we the people might have someone that may not agree with the fascist gov. and legislator we have.

  • December 14, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    Won’t be voting Republican or financially supporting them, and didn’t the last two “selections”. Will not support RINOs, and that’s all TN is. Of course, they don’t care since they rig everything with dominion machines anyway. Traitors.

  • December 14, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    This is just another example of the good ole boy network. Why do we keep electing them?

    • December 14, 2022 at 9:14 pm

      We don’t the rigged machines do and I’m saying every brand of election machine not just dominion. The cool part is voters have no right to question or even audit an election in Tennessee, oh yeah also there’s no paper trail and good luck on trying to get an answer for a FOIA.

  • December 14, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    Why I despise the TNGOP/GOP/RNC.


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