Skip to comments.The mess at state GOP HQs just got worse. (TN)
Posted on 04/25/2016 3:32:47 PM PDT by molewhacka
Political consultant/wife of state GOP political director working to defeat incumbent conservative GOP legislators while working out of office in GOP HQs. Posed as an official representative of the Tennessee Republican Party to reporter covering the delegate controversy.
RTP has learned that party officials Brent Leatherwood and Walker Ferrell were repeatedly warned about the appearance and ethics of contracting with Ferrells wife. That arrangement on its face was highly questionable, but exploded into the public view when it was learned she was also under contract to defeat several Republican officeholders. This unethical backdoor attempt to circumvent party by-laws was exposed in a letter delivered by over two dozen GOP legislators last week.
In a new development RTP has learned Taylor Ferrell, the wife of state party political director Walker Ferrell, has been working out of state party HQs, acting like an employee and enjoying the HQs facilities event to the point where she felt comfortable representing herself to the media as a spokesperson of sorts for the state party all while being paid to defeat incumbent Republicans.
Multiple credible sources, including state executive committee members, have told RTP that Mrs. Ferrell is described as not an employee but as a consultant, ostensibly raising money for the state party among other duties. While there, she is said to be enjoying the HQs facilities while servicing her other clients candidates who are running in primaries against Republican officeholders. She regularly makes and receives calls from and to those clients while sitting just steps away from where her husband is supposedly trying to help Republicans get re-elected.
The relationship is so cozy that Ms. Ferrell felt empowered to present herself to a respected national blogger as a representative of the State GOP earlier this month while attempting to defend Chairman Ryan Haynes and other state GOP staff against charges from the Trump and Cruz campaigns that they were stacking Tennessees RNC delegation with party cronies an effort that drew embarrassing national attention. (See links here and here.)
Mrs. Ferrells activities have been common knowledge among party staff and other officials and have been personally witnessed by several individuals who have now come forward. These sources have done so while also requesting anonymity, since they fear the same sort of attacks and threatened reprisals from some party officials who are now trying to cover up the scandal and intimidate the signers of last weeks letter.
State party officials have lamely tried to differentiate Ms. Ferrells activities from that of other state party officials (such as her husband) by saying she is an independent political consultant. Our sources consistently describe her as a contract consultant or contract employee who is given wide-ranging access to state party HQs facilities and, presumably, fundraising databases and other proprietary information that regularly and freely circulates within the walls of party offices.
So whats the difference between regular a state party employee and a state party contract consultant working out of the same offices? Other than one gets a W-2 at tax time and the other gets a 1099, not much.
Its distinction without a difference and a rather pathetic attempt to build the thinnest of paper walls between Mrs. Ferrell and other state party employees including her own husband. It is absolutely impossible to believe that Walker Ferrell has not shared inside information information that should be proprietary to help his wife land clients. It stinks to high heaven.
(Walker Ferrell: Oh, look Taylor. That poll the we did on the 4th Congressional district came in and its laying right here on my desk next to the master donor list for the state party. Im going to lunch now, but now dont you go peeking at anything while Im gone, okay sweetheart?)
Pretending that Taylor Ferrell is not an actual employee, but an independent contractor is a disingenuous attempt to provide cover for the Ferrells and perhaps others to enrich themselves while playing both sides of the street. Whats to keep someone like Walker Ferrell, or even Brent Leatherwood from declaring themselves a contract employee then quietly going out and signing up clients on the side to run against loyal Republican incumbents? The answer is that nothing would prevent them from doing so, at least not according to the (low) standard claimed by Leatherwood last week.
Several of the crew at RTP have faced similar situations in our collective careers and some of us have fired and even prosecuted operatives who have tried to pull similar stunts. Perhaps it is the youthfulness and inexperience of those involved in this case that is to blame for what has happened. Perhaps it is a lack of character or common sense. Maybe they thought they were so clever no one would notice.
Whatever it is, its wrong. And the Ferrells, Leatherwood and many others involved damn well know it.
Much more on this story in the near future.
Editors Note: For those wondering why Taylor Ferrell and Walker Ferrell were unavailable for comment as the controversy erupted last week, the photo on the left provides an answer. For several days last week, the two of them were sharing a room at the RNC Spring meeting at the luxurious Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, FL, where rooms start at $210 per night.
And apparently they were both doing so on the state partys dime.
The sheer chutzpah of these people is astonishing.
The underlying story is that RINO Governor Bill Haslam has been pulling the strings and cutting the checks in order to defeat conservatives that refuse to go along with his liberal agenda. This story reveals just one small part of Haslam's War on Conservatives.
Zach Wamp and Ron Ramsey were idiots for not uniting against RINO Haslam when they had the chance.
The conservative supermajority in the legislature mostly makes the pile of decrepit feces known as Bill Haslam inept, but as we can see his influence is far from zero.
Then , unless this is all unpaid volunteer work , she is in their employ ($$$) !
and should be removed !
No disagreement from here. Haslam pulled a Bill Clinton and snaked through the primary with the majority of the voters pushing the button for “the other guy”. We’ve been paying for it ever since.
We have some Ferrell cats roaming around here. I wish the Ferrells would come pick them up.
Sounds just like something that would appeal to Ted Cruze.
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