TNGOP Secretary Christi Cross violates Tennessee Republican Party Bylaws?

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Did TNGOP Secretary Christi Cross cross the line in endorsing Brian Kelsey? 

And Brian Kelsey, in his asking the Tennessee Republican Party Executive Committee Members for their endorsement attempting to aid in dividing the Executive Committee between what they might wish to do and that they shouldn’t?

All of us have been tempted to do things we know are wrong. Even people that are trying to do the right thing will fall into traps that Satan uses to ensnare us.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Those in or seeking leadership positions or no different, some willingly fall prey.

Now this is not to say the bylaws of the Tennessee Republican Party are anything close to the Bible. Lord knows it is far from it, but if you follow the guidelines that you have established and these guidelines are designed to purposely protect the integrity of the position that you hold then why would you flagrantly ignore them?

Is this what TNGOP Secretary Christi Cross did in placing the two facebook posts endorsing Brian Kelsey?


Article II State Executive Committee

Section 4

A. Neither the Executive Committee as a body, nor the Officers, nor the TRP’s paid staff members, nor a County Republican Party or Executive Committee as a body, nor County Republican Party Chairmen shall endorse a Republican candidate in a contested primary election.

The exceptions to the above prohibition against endorsements are as follows:

1) The foregoing prohibition against endorsements shall not prohibit endorsement of a Republican opponent of a Republican candidate who, as a member of the General Assembly, voted for any redistricting plan opposed by the Tennessee Republican Party either through the Executive Committee, the State Chairman, or the Tennessee Republican Party’s legal counsel.

2) The foregoing prohibition against endorsements shall not prohibit endorsement of a Republican opponent of a Republican candidate who, as a member of the General Assembly, voted for a person who was not the nominee of the Republican 31 Caucus of the House or Senate, for any officer of the House or Senate.

Cross endorsement of Kelsy

Cross endorsement of Kelsy

B. Neither the Executive Committee nor a County Republican Party or Executive Committee as a body or individual member, shall endorse, or assist in any manner, a Democrat or other non-Republican in an election or primary election in which a Republican is a candidate or has filed as a candidate. The forgoing provision shall not apply to nonpartisan elections

C. Sections 3 A, B, F and H above shall specifically govern the conduct of individual Executive Committee or County Executive Committee members with respect to the endorsement of any Republican candidate in a contested primary election for State Senator or State Representative or other local or judicial offices in the District or County which he represents.

D. The foregoing subsections shall not apply to a primary election in which the individual Executive Committee member or Officer, or his spouse, or a member of his immediate family, is a candidate.


It has been reported that Mrs. Cross believes that because this is a federal election and this does not fall under the guidelines but nowhere does the bylaws dictate a difference between someone running in a county race as opposed to a congressional position. She simply chose to ignore the rule and justified it by her own reasoning. By her way of thinking the ends justify the means.

Update: The chairman of the SEC bylaws committee convinced Ms. Christi Cross that she can not endorse because she is a party officer. It is reported that it took a great effort on the chairman’s part, but she agreed, for the moment.

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