Former GOP staff chief sues Tenn. party

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Attorneys for a former Tennessee Republican Party chief of staff have included the party as a defendant in a lawsuit.

Mark Winslow earlier filed suit against U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and consultant Chip Saltsman, claiming he was defamed in a television political ad that aired shortly before the 2010 primary election. The ad claimed then-candidate Robin Smith paid "lavish bonuses" to staff when she was head of the state party.

Smith lost to Fleischmann by 1,415 votes.

According to The Tennessean, Winslow contends the party agreed that a severance payment to him after Smith stepped down in 2009 to seek office was confidential.


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