'Our soul rotted away': Tennessee Republican leader resigns -- and blasts party on the way out
Mark Winslow (WZTV/screen grab)

A top Republican official in Tennessee resigned his position and accused the state party of being run by "a small corrupt core group who view our party as their private club and personal piggy bank."


The Tennessean reported that Tennessee Republican State Executive Committee member Mark Winslow, a Donald Trump supporter, announced on Twitter last week that he was resigning, and took some parting shots at his party on the way out.

"My state political party is beyond salvage," Winslow wrote. "Oh, sure, we're drifting along on inertia, collecting PAC checks and distributing the money to favored candidates or using the money to pay staffers to take out those who are not favored."

"We pat ourselves on our collective supermajority and claim that legislative status absolves every wrong deed," he continued. "Our soul rotted away some time ago."

According to Winslow, the state party "is really nothing more than a small corrupt core group who view our party as their private club and personal piggy bank."

"Money is passed around, doled out to friends, handed to favored consultants and staffers who ignore bylaws or common sense," he charged. "Rules are arrogantly and routinely broken by officers and staff with no consequence of accountability."

"It's time for me to resign from the State Executive Committee," Winslow concluded. "I encourage you to stand your ground and speak your piece."

"When you do, it's a relief to know there's no turning back."