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article imageTennessee GOP groups 'condemning' governor over Muslim, gay staff

By Andrew Moran     Jul 18, 2012 in Politics
Memphis - Tennessee Republican groups are openly "condemning" GOP Governor Bill Haslam over a number of issues, including hiring a Muslim woman and a gay staffer, not signing an anti-United Nations resolution and not endorsing gun legislation.
Various county chapters of the Tennessee Republican Party, including Williamson County Republican Party, the Stewart County Republican Party and the Carroll County Republican Party, are displeased with the job of Governor Bill Haslam, who also happens to be a Republican.
Resolutions, which were launched by Tea Party activists, are being distributed “condemning” the governor for many of his policy stances and actions during his first year in office. The copy, which was obtained by The Tennessean, calls for the State Executive Committee to undergo “appropriate action against the administration of Governor Bill Haslam.”
It does not specify as to what they want. Although the chapters have varying issues, the GOP groups condemn the governor for permitting the Department of Economic and Community Develop to hire Samar Ali, a Muslim-American lawyer, to become head of its international trade office.
Members of the GOP chapters also denounce Haslam for allowing gay people to work in the Department of Children’s Services, retaining staffers from the administration of Governor Phil Bredesen, hiring members of President Barack Obama’s administration, not signing legislation rejecting the United Nations’s Agenda 21 and refusing to support certain gun legislation.
State Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney has been attempting to dispel a lot of what he calls rumors that have been circulating around the Internet over the past month.
“From what I can tell, it’s only a very small group of counties across the state,” said Devaney in an interview with the Times Free Press. “I’ve been calling county party chairmen and talking to them.”
Meanwhile, Haslam’s spokesperson David Smith issued a statement deflecting from the issue at hand.
“The governor continues to focus on attracting and growing Tennessee jobs, improving education and making Tennessee the best managed state in the country,” Smith said in a statement.
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