Former TN-5 candidate Morgan Ortagus told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Monday morning that the Tennessee Republican Party (TRP) is corrupt but offered no evidence to corroborate her claims.
Ortagus told Kilmeade at the close of an interview, “We’re going to work on efforts to clean up the corruption here in the Tennessee GOP as well.”
Ortagus was asked by Kilmeade about the TRP’s decision to disqualify her for running for the Republican nomination for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District.
“You’re not going to have a chance to run for the Republican nomination in Tennessee as a congresswoman,” he asked. “You got booted off the ballot, why?”
“You know, I’m not really sure, Brian,” Ortagus responded. There’s a slate of people who are really competitive and who had raised a lot of money who were deemed in a private, secret vote not to be Republican enough, which I think – we all think – is laughable.”
Kilmeade asked in a followup: “What’s next for you? Are you going to fight this still or are you going to move on?”
“Listen, we’re looking at all options but you know my life’s goal is to stand for a strong America, a strong America First agenda around the world. This is what I did for President Trump, what I’ll continue to do,” she said, closing the interview by implying the presence of corruption in the Tennessee GOP and an unspecific plan to “clean up the corruption here.”
The Tennessee Star reached out to Ortagus for comment on her allegations of corruption, asking:
1 – What specific evidence regarding allegations of corruption do you have in regards to the TNGOP decision to remove you from the ballot?
2 – Do you believe that the Tennessee Republican Party does not have the right to set standards for candidates who seek to represent it in General Elections and do you also believe that setting standards for Republican primaries is corruption?
Ortagus did not respond to The Star’s questions as of press time.
The Star previously reported that a select committee of Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee members permanently disqualified Ortagus, along with two other candidates, from running in the race for the Republican nomination for TN-5.
The TNGOP, along with its Democrat counterpart, is empowered by Tennessee state code to decide what criteria it uses to determine who can run in Republican primaries. That authority has been challenged in court before, but those challenges have failed.
Watch the interview:
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