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Tenn. Tea Partier Admits To Angering GOP Lawmaker

Updated: April 25, 2011

An East Tennessee tea partier says his comment prompted a Republican lawmaker to remove him and others from his office over a contentious anti-terrorism bill.

William Coley told The Associated Press on Monday that he was among several representatives of interfaith groups that went to the office of Republican Speaker Pro Tempore Judd Matheny of Tullahoma last week.

Matheny is the House sponsor of legislation that would authorize the governor and attorney general to designate an entity "a domestic terrorist" or "a foreign terrorist organization."

Opponents fear some organizations might be unfairly targeted, particularly Muslims.

Coley said he told Matheny that he was losing conservative support because of the bill and that he might not be re-elected. He said the lawmaker became angry and had a state trooper remove him and the others.

Matheny did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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