David Narramore
David Narramore was arrested for allegedly exposing himself in a department store bathroom. Kingsport Jail

A Republican Party official in Tennessee was arrested Saturday after allegedly exposing himself to an employee in a department store bathroom. David Narramore, 54, served as the chair of the Letcher County Republican Party and was a member of the Republican Party of Kentucky.

Narramore resigned Tuesday after the incident.

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“Dr. Narramore is clearly going through some personal issues,” Tres Watson, communications director for the Republican Party of Kentucky, told the Courier-Journal Wednesday. “As of Tuesday morning, he has resigned any affiliation with the RPK. We wish him well as he attempts to deal with his personal struggles.”

David Narramore
David Narramore was arrested for allegedly exposing himself in a department store. Kingsport Jail

Police were called to a department store Saturday after an employee said Narramore exposed himself to the employee in the bathroom. Police attempted to arrest him, but Narramore wouldn’t put his arms behind his back and cooperate, the Courier-Journal reported Wednesday. Officers then tased him in order to get him to comply, but the taser had no effect. An officer then punched him in the face to subdue him, according to the arrest citation. Police were finally able to wrestle him to the ground and detain him.

Narramore is a dentist who owns his own practice in Whitesburg, Kentucky, according to local news reports. In addition to his official positions within the party, Narramore contributed $2,500 to the Republican Party of Kentucky, including $1,000 to the Jefferson County Republican Party.

Some locals said they were afraid Narramore would be tried in the court of public opinion as a result of the alleged incident.

“Until it’s all negotiated or settled or whatever, it could have a negative impact on him as a prominent businessman and a prominent person in the community,” a woman who asked not to be identified told WMYT-TV.

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“I’ve worked here 21 years,” Patricia Johnson, who owns a hair salon next to Narramore’s dental practice, told WMYT. “And I’ve never heard or seen anything out of Mr. Narramore.”

Kingsport Police said Narramore posted $2,250 bond and was released the day after his arrest.