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GOP lawmaker calls Haslam traitor to party
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NASHVILLE (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker on Tuesday called Gov. Bill Haslam a "traitor to the party" over what he called efforts by a political action committee run by supporters to defeat opponents of Common Core education standards.State Rep. Rick Womick of Murfreesboro said in a phone interview he stands by a letter sent to the governor's office last week taking issue with what he perceived as Haslam trying to do away with opponents in the Legislature and on the state Republican Party's executive committee."You had the head of our party targeting individual members because we don't agree with him 100 percent of the time, that's treason," Womick said. "That's a traitor to the party."The Chattanooga Times Free Press first reported the Advance Tennessee PAC, which poured thousands into GOP primary races, involved key supporters of Haslam and state House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville.