The anti-Trumpers in Tennessee just got their wish.
Both chambers of the state legislator have officially signed off on the residency requirement for candidates to run in either official party.
This means that Trump-backed Morgan Ortagus will no longer be eligible to run for office as a Republican.
This is Bogus
Ortagus served in the Trump administration in the State Department for Mike Pompeo.
She moved to Tennessee in 2021, then entered her hat into the ring.
Prior to this election, there was no residency requirement other than having to live in the state on election day, but the anti-Trumpers in the state wanted to block her from running.
Now candidates have to have established residency in the district for which they are running.
Now, I am all for stopping carpetbagging, but this should be done after an election, not before one.
This was a targeted move to block Ortagus, who has been endorsed by Trump, as well as Robbie Starbuck, who is also a MAGA candidate, from the race.
Ortagus stated, “No one questioned my residency when I served our country in the intelligence community, the Trump Administration, nor in the U.S. Navy Reserves, and President Trump certainly didn’t question my residency when he endorsed me for this seat.
“I continue to trust my fellow Tennesseans, the voters in the 5th district, to choose who will best represent them in Congress.”
Both candidates can still run, but they can only run as independents.
It goes without saying that if both of them run, they will more than likely cancel each other out.
This may not be over just yet, however, as other states have tried similar moves and lost in court.
We will continue to monitor this and update as necessary.