The Rutherford County Republican Party Executive Committee voted Tuesday night asking two Republican members of the Election Commission and the newly appointed administrator of elections to resign thier posts.
Tobey Gilley, treasurer of the local GOP executive committee, said the group met last night and voted to ask Doris Jones, Oscar Gardner and Tom Walker to resign their positions with the election commission after a disasterous meeting last week.
"It has been their actions over the past year or so," Gilley said.
The Rutherford County Election Commission has been under fire for nearly two years. Starting with it's attempt to force out former Elections Administrator Hooper Penuel, which ended in a lawsuit, and finally ending last week with a contenitous meeting.
Last Tuesday, former Democratic election volunteer Joe Crowell alleged he was fired because he left a message at the Rutherford County Republican Headquarters defending former elections administrator Hooper Penuel "and the waste of $40,000 of tax payers money and I felt the three republican commissioners should be fired," he said.
The meeting degenerated into a shouting match between the audience and commission.
County election commissions are appointed annually by the Tennessee State Election Commission with support of the local legislative delegation. Whether the GOP members of the election commission keep that support remains to be seen.