As I read the article in the Casper Star-Tribune (Wyoming Republican Party leaders considered asking three GOP legislators to quit party) and the copy in the Billings Gazette, I was disappointed in how they intentionally sensationalize things.
First off, no one considered demanding that anyone resigned from the party. If you read the resolution I put forth, it was merely mentioned that three of the legislators consider removing themselves.
My resolution, as I stated, was to get some discussion going about the issue at the state party level (which it did) and the result was the resolution that we passed in Buffalo.
When Speaker Tom Lubnau says that none of the Legislature had a chance to talk to us about this subject, that is absolutely not true. Several members of the Legislature were sitting in the meeting in Cheyenne when the resolution was presented as was also Kari Gray from Gov. Matt Mead’s office.
We tabled the resolution so that everyone had a chance to do their own research into the subject and come back more informed on the subject. Lubnau, or any of the other members of the Legislature, could have requested to address the committee at the meeting in Buffalo. To my knowledge, we have never told anyone that we would not allow them to address us.
As for Sen. Hank Coe’s statement that this was offensive and done by a fringe group is something that I find offensive. First off, I am not a member of these groups per se, but I am a lifelong conservative and Republican.
I also do not see the groups he mentioned as being “fringe” groups since most of what they stand for is found in the Republican Party platforms and resolutions.
I also think that when the Legislature will not listen to the people who elect them, that it is the place of the party to call them on it and let the people know we do not agree with the way they conducted themselves on this issue.
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