Around the South for Jun. 3: TN, OK & SC


Tennessee: Haslam calls Trump attack on Martinez “unhelpful.”  After Donald Trump said in Albuquerque that Gov. Susan Martinez (R), the nation’s only female Hispanic Republican governor, “isn’t doing the job,” Gov. Bill Haslam (R) said of the comment, “I don’t think that’s helpful,” reports The Tennessean. “I think you have a lot of Republican governors who would like to see the next president be Republican,” Haslam said, adding that a group of GOP governors want to meet with Trump before the July convention. Haslam is the out-going chair of the Republican Governors Association;Martinez is the incoming chair ……. Oklahoma: GOPers divide over congressional primary. In the 2nd District (Pushmataha County, etc.), two-term US Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R) is facing a June 28 primary challenge from Afghan veteran Jarrin Jackson. In Mullin’s corner, US Sens. Jim Inhofe (R) and James Lankford (R); supporting Jackson, popular former US Sen. Tom Coburn (R), reports the Tulsa World ……. South Carolina: Haley backs state senate challengers. Gov. Nikki Haley (R), not one to shy away from conflict, has endorsed challengers to three incumbent Republicans in the June 14 Republican primary: State Sens. Wes Hayes, Hugh Leatherman and Luke Rankin. Their challengers are also getting supporting from “A Great Day SC,” a pro-Haley political committee, reports The State …….