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Fri Feb 1, 2019, 05:47 AM

Tensions rise between state GOP leadership and some lawmakers

After two days of sometimes testy testimony by Wyoming Republican Party stalwarts in favor of a bill to close off primary elections, Sen. Tara Nethercott (R-Cheyenne) started pushing back.

“I think there’s been a challenge of groupthink happening within the party,” she said at the Jan. 22 hearing.

The bill to block independents and Democrats from voting in Republican primaries, Nethercott said, was a “knee-jerk reaction” by some party members to moderate Gov. Mark Gordon’s election win over more conservative opponents.

“You have worked very hard to push a candidate, to push a platform and to push a belief in this state,” the Cheyenne senator and attorney said. “And you feel that’s being thwarted.”

Read more: https://www.wyofile.com/tensions-rise-between-state-gop-leadership-and-some-lawmakers/

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