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Tue Jan 15, 2019, 05:45 AM

Letter reveals GOP punishment of lawmaker disloyalty

Wyoming Republican Party leadership withheld campaign money from incumbent legislators who voted during the 2018 legislative session to subsidize Wyoming’s commercial air service, according to a party letter to Republican lawmakers.

The letter, which was not previously public, reveals a tactic Republican party officials used to punish party disloyalty by lawmakers.

The party’s State Central Committee, its governing body, met in February while the Legislature was in session and voted to oppose the air service bill, Senate File 40 Commercial air service improvement.

In a Nov. 14 letter to Republican lawmakers, party Chairman Frank Eathorne wrote that the central committee resolution was used to make party funding decisions in the 2018 election cycle. Eathorne’s letter also cited staff disorganization in the first part of 2018, which he said led to fundraising struggles that meant the party had fewer resources to help candidates.

Read more: https://www.wyofile.com/letter-reveals-gop-punishment-of-lawmaker-disloyalty/

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