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Local GOP will meet Saturday

Effort to censure Sen. Coe will be discussed during the convention

Whether to shun a long-time Cody legislator will be one of the topics decided by members of the Park County Republican Party this weekend.

As the local arm of the Grand Old Party gathers for its bi-annual convention, some members are proposing a resolution that would censure state Sen. Hank Coe, R-Cody, and withdraw all party support from the seven-term senator.

The draft resolution to be considered at Saturday’s Park County Republican Party Convention in Cody criticizes Coe for:

• his 2010 support of two Democratic candidates;

• opposing the party’s current leadership and direction;

• sponsoring a 2013 bill (later found to be unconstitutional) that stripped State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill of most of her powers;

• refusing to talk about that bill at a party meeting last year;

• endorsing a 2014 bill that would have asked voters whether they wanted the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to no longer be an elected position and;

• supporting a set of education standards known as Common Core.

One of the Park County Republican Party’s elected leaders — state committeeman Bob Berry — has been among those encouraging voters to sign a separate petition that asks Coe to step down from his office. Berry unsuccessfully ran against Coe in the 2012 Republican primary and then again in the general election.

The county party’s state committeewoman, Echo Renner, asked Berry to resign his post for his role in an advertisement placed in the Cody Enterprise titled, “Coe Must Go.” It directed readers to sign the no-confidence petition.

Renner said Berry agreed to resign as state committeeman — a contention Park County Republican Party Chairman Larry French rejects — but a clear majority of party members at a later meeting voted to keep Berry in the position, according to reports from KODI-AM and the Cody Enterprise.

Coe, meanwhile, took out an Enterprise ad last week calling upon Republicans to “take back the party” from what he calls extreme right-wing activists who are “mostly out-of-state wannabes who find fault with everyone and everything except themselves.”

“Anyone who does not subscribe to their extreme views is called a RINO (Republican in Name Only) — even if that person has worked long and hard for the Republican Party and its principles,” Coe wrote. “By the rigid standards of these activists, Ronald Reagan himself would be ridiculed by the local GOP leadership since Reagan was originally a Democrat.”

Only Republican leaders known as precinct committeemen and women, their designees or precinct delegates chosen at caucuses earlier this month can vote on the county party’s platform, bylaws, resolutions and GOP state convention delegates. However, all registered Republicans and the general public are welcome to attend and observe Saturday’s convention.

The event begins at 9 a.m. in the Cody VFW Hall (808 12th St.) and is scheduled to wrap up by 3 p.m.

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4 comments

  • posted by Don

    April 03, 2014 11:04 am

    Spot on Stormrider. What the progressives and liberals don't get is that without conservative and responsible folk like ourselves to support their lifestyles, they would cease to exist. What will happen to them when they emasculate the military (happening now), continue to demonize tax payers and the wealthy (who pay for them to seek their "hopes and dreams"). And how supportive will their liberal government be when the coffers are empty? Pretty difficuly to pursue any kind of a lifestyle when you're too busy worrying where your next meal will come from. Their beliefs are nothing more than a dress rehearsal for communism (big government). Good luck, because the more liberals we get on the government teet, the more they will be voting for themselves rather that this country.

  • posted by Stormrider

    March 22, 2014 3:39 pm

    As a recent new resident of Park County, coming home to the country I cowboyed and started young horses in some 40 years ago when I left the military, I came to where I call home for the demographics, the politics and the country. I am a rgistered independent and I am amazed at the comments regsrdi g the TEA Party. While I do not attend their rallies nor do I blindly vote their platform, they do seem to be closer to the vision of our Founders than the mainstream GOP. The Revolutionaries that made this political experiment possible were also called "subversives". Based on the tenor and syntax of the previous comments, perhaps the posters would have been more comfortable wearing the red coats of an oppressive monarchy than the homespun of those willing to fight to oppose tyranny and who also joined a "tea party."

  • posted by TN

    March 21, 2014 9:44 am

    It is quite entertaining to watch the failed GOP implode.Popcorn anyone?

  • posted by Dewey

    March 20, 2014 12:11 pm

    If you are disgusted by the recent antics and tea party subversion in the local GOP, the Democrats are meeting for their convention at 10 AM same day in the Park County Library .

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