Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton (from left), Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and House Majority Leader William Lamberth, all Republicans, had strong words for Nashville’s leadership after Metro Council rejected a contract to host the 2024 Republican National Committee.

Tennessee’s courtship of the Republican National Convention is over after the Metro Nashville Council rejected a move Tuesday to bring the 2024 event to town, a vote likely to elicit retribution from the Legislature.

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally appeared especially irritated, putting the lion’s share of the blame on Mayor John Cooper — who negotiated the deal but refused to support it — and calling out the entire council.

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